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Can I sub? I'm American, but my dad was born in Norway and lived there until after the war. I have only been back once, but I think we are actually getting back this coming summer (yay!). We'd be down in Tvedestrand.

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Thank you!

Today I am joining my aunt (she is my dad's younger sister, though she was born in the states) at the local Seamen's Church for the Christmas bazaar. I am hoping to find a few things to "Norwegian-ize" our Christmas season. I've also realized I need to join our local Sons of Norway organization in hopes of finding a local language course/meeting before we travel. My dad and I took a class back before we visited in '91 (well, he went every summer and really didn't need any help with his Norwegian, but he took it for me), but I have since forgotten so much of what I learned.

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Today I am joining my aunt (she is my dad's younger sister, though she was born in the states) at the local Seamen's Church for the Christmas bazaar. I am hoping to find a few things to "Norwegian-ize" our Christmas season. I've also realized I need to join our local Sons of Norway organization in hopes of finding a local language course/meeting before we travel. My dad and I took a class back before we visited in '91 (well, he went every summer and really didn't need any help with his Norwegian, but he took it for me), but I have since forgotten so much of what I learned.
So, did you find any good Norwegian-izing stuff at the bazaar?

Good luck with the Norwegian lessons! I'm impressed that you're making such an effort before going on holiday.
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We bought a nice Yule log candle holder for Advent/Solstice. They had some beautiful wool blankets that I was coveting, but we just weren't in the position to spend that much right then. I like going because it's a small way of introducing my boys to part of their culture.

And we found out there is a woman at the church that teaches Norwegian in private/family lessons, so after the holidays, we will call the church and get her information. I very much wish my dad had taught me Norwegian (he was fluent); we did take a class together before we traveled to Norway in 1991, but it has been way too long for me to remember any of it. More than being able to speak when we are back there, I want to know the language so we can have a tangible connection to who we are, if that makes sense.

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Hello! I have been reading Norwegian folk and fairy tales to my children, and my 7 year old son especially loves the traditional troll stories. Do any of you know of wonderful Norwegian children's books that have been translated into Engish?
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Hello! I have been reading Norwegian folk and fairy tales to my children, and my 7 year old son especially loves the traditional troll stories. Do any of you know of wonderful Norwegian children's books that have been translated into Engish?
Can you tell me where you have found traditional folk and fairy tales?

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Hello! I have been reading Norwegian folk and fairy tales to my children, and my 7 year old son especially loves the traditional troll stories. Do any of you know of wonderful Norwegian children's books that have been translated into Engish?
This would be the season for reading Jostein Gaarder's "The Christmas Mystery" (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-My...8586669&sr=1-1)

Here's a collection of folk tales: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Norwegian-Ta...8586794&sr=1-2


And here are some books I recommended almost two years ago (not all Norwegian, but books typically read by Norwegian children):

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I would love some titles. Also, do you know how I might be able to get ahold of a cd of Norwegian nursery rhymes?

Anne Cath Vestly's books are good reading-aloud books for children of about 4 to 9. I only found one in English on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Hello-Aurora-A...e=UTF8&s=books

If this is the book I think it is ("Aurora i blokk Z" in Norwegian), it's the first book about a girl called Aurora and her family, with a little brother and a stay at home daddy (which was unusual when the book came out 40 years ago!) They are very sweet books about everyday life. Anne Cath Vestly has written many books about various children, and they are all good, if you can find English translations.

Alf Proysen is another classical author that is a Norwegian household name. Many of his books are available in English, for instance the "Mrs Pepperpot" books, about a little old woman that sometimes shrinks to the size of a teaspoon. You can find several of them on Amazon.
Also "Christmas Eve at Santa's" ("Snekker Andersen og Julenissen"), highly recommended for 3 - 8 year olds: http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Eve-...e=UTF8&s=books

And then of course there's Thorbjorn Egner and his "Karius and Bactus" (about two "tooth trolls" that live in a boy's teeth, causing holes in his teeth), and "People and Robbers of Cardemon Town". Age group 5 to 9 (I guess).

There's also some books that are written not by Norwegian authors, but by Swedish and Finnish, that are in the bookshelves of every Norwegian child.

This is especially true for Astrid Lindgren's two books "The Brothers Lionheart" (http://www.amazon.com/Brothers-Lionh...e=UTF8&s=books) and "Mio, My Son" (http://www.amazon.com/Mio-My-Son-Ast...=UTF8&s=books), both beautiful and exciting books for 5 to 11 year olds. The "Brothers Lionheart" is by some considered not suited for the youngest because it hints at suicide. But these are absolute classics, wonderful books.

Other recommendable books by Astrid Lindgren are:
"Ronia, the Robber's Daughter" (http://www.amazon.com/Ronia-Robbers-...e=UTF8&s=books)
"The Children on Troublemaker Street" (http://www.amazon.com/Children-Troub...e=UTF8&s=books)
The "Pippi Longstocking" books

and the books about Emil's pranks, always ending in Emil having to run and hide from his furious dad (this was a hundred years ago, before spanking became illegal in Sweden). The stories are penned by his warm, humorous mother. Two of them are available on Amazon, "Emil and his Clever Pig" and "Emil in the Soup Tureen", but you may be able to find more other places.

The moomin books by Finnish Tove Jansson are also an important part of Scandinavian children's culture. There is a big difference between the original books and the newer spinoffs, though! The original books are warm and philosophical and just as good for grownups as for children. I enjoyed them from about age five myself.
(http://www.amazon.com/Moominvalley-N...e=UTF8&s=books)
http://www.amazon.com/Moominland-Mid...e=UTF8&s=books
http://www.amazon.com/Comet-Moominla...e=UTF8&s=books
http://www.amazon.com/Moominsummer-M...e=UTF8&s=books


Rhymes:

One classic collection of children's rhymes is called "Saa Rart" ("How Strange") by Inger Hagerup. All Norwegian kids know her children's rhymes and poems. Suitable for 3 - 8 years. You can get both a book and a cd version:
Book: http://www.bokkilden.no/SamboWeb/pro...=142841&rom=MP
Cd: http://www.bokkilden.no/SamboWeb/pro...1429612&rom=MP

I think most of these rhymes are set to music. I don't know if the bok and cd contain exactly the same rhymes, but I would guess there's at least a "common core".

Another classic when it comes to rhymes are André Bjerke's "Morovers" ("Fun Rhymes"), for ages about 5 to 11 (the rhymes are rather fun for grownups, too!)
Book version: http://www.bokkilden.no/SamboWeb/pro...=116680&rom=MP
Cd: http://www.bokkilden.no/SamboWeb/pro...=133510&rom=MP
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Oh goodness, I had totally forgotten that I had asked.

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Can you tell me where you have found traditional folk and fairy tales?
I checked out this book from the library: The Troll With No Heart in His Body and Other Tales of Trolls, from Norway by Lise Lunge-Larsen
The stories are captivating and my 7 year old asks to hear them over and over....
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Looks like The Troll With No Heart in His Body can also be found on Amazon...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_...+Heart&x=0&y=0
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I checked out this book from the library: The Troll With No Heart in His Body and Other Tales of Trolls, from Norway by Lise Lunge-Larsen
The stories are captivating and my 7 year old asks to hear them over and over....
Thank you for the title! I was able to find it at the library and put it on request/hold. I have a feeling my boys will love them (and I'll love reading the stories that my dad probably grew up hearing).

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Speaking of Norwegian kids' books...we are looking for some written in Norwegian. Hubby is Norwegian, but we live in the states. We always make a point of picking up a few when visiting, but I've been wondering if I could find a source in the US since they'd be cheaper here. Does anyone have any ideas on where to look? I've asked at a couple of bookstores here but they haven't been able to come up with anything.

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Hello mamas!

I live in the US for a company that is based out of Norway (in Kjeller) and will be down there in a couple of months. I have a 7 month old baby (he will be roughly 10 or so months when I go down there). What are the carseat laws there? NIP laws?
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All children (that are less than 135 cm tall or weigh less than 36 kilos) have to be in an approved carseat. The current norms are ECE R44-03 and R44-04. Rear-facing is recommended, but not required, until the child is four years old.

There are no NIP laws, but breastfeeding in public is common. "Nursing covers" are unheard of, a little discretion (as in covering most of the breast with your jumper) is normal. I breastfed my now three-year-old for two years and nine months in all kinds of public places, and never had a negative reaction from anybody.
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Yeah, I have never felt uncomfortable nursing in public here. Especially when the child is under 1 year still.

The carseat laws are pretty similar to the US and unlike when we have traveled to the US you can order a taxi with a carseat here so no need to panic about how you might get from the airport. They don't all have them but at least in the Oslo area there are always a certain amount of cars around with infant and booster seats in the trunk and drivers that have been given training with installing them, just ask when you call.

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Thanks for the help!

I am going to be in Kjeller, anyone know of fun things to do there?

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*Sigh*

I'm Norwegian ethnically, and I fantasize daily about moving there, even though I've never been. I'm so sick of America these days.

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I am going to be in Kjeller, anyone know of fun things to do there?
Apparently no one did - did you have any fun?
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Apparently no one did - did you have any fun?
haha... well thats probably because kjeller is really teeny.

i will be there again in 3 weeks and in January i will be in trysil. there is not much to do there so maybe I should have asked where people recommend in Oslo since its closer.

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soo... it is possible that I will be moving to Lillestrom (close to Oslo).

Is anyone there? The other option is moving to Trondheim... but I think I will like the weather in Oslo better.

I will have a 4 year old and a two year old.

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if you end up in trondheim you won't be far from us in harjedalen sweden (sveg to be exact). i'm not looking forward to winter there, heard last year they got -35 for six weeks straight. that's north pole weather actually.
are you moving to norway from the US? permanently?
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i was there last winter when it was - 35. it was BAD.

yes from the US, possibly for 18 months to a year.. or longer if i like it.

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here in south-central sweden we had -20 last winter and i thought that was bad.

close to oslo sounds nicer. i know i'll stay in Harjedalen for only a year. it's a small village of 4000 people, closest big town is 2,5 hours away. i don't think i can do that for longer.
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