Fun reads for young and old alike all about FAMILY
Whether you like it or not, everyone has a family of origin, however it may be composed. We associate “family” with a longing for unconditional love, security and support. Papperlapapp No. 16 shows what a family can be today and makes the point that there does not necessarily have to be blood relations so that children can experience loving security and develop trust and resilience.
The story “Very Much Family” tells of happy and thought-provoking moments of family gathering and ends with the realization that friends can also mean family.
Because his big sister and his mother once again annoy him, the five-year-old Niko in the story “America” decides to leave his family and emigrate. How he should do this, however, is not clear to him. His mother and sister help him out of his dilemma, energetically and full of humor.
Our comic heroes Oli and Grant learn that lion, tiger, leopard, cheetah, puma, panther, lynx and many other species belong to the family of cats.
The hidden object picture shows how imaginatively some animal families in the zoo encounter winter.“Page 38” invites the children to immortalize their own family in drawings.
Fun reads for young and old alike all about MUSIC
It’s true what they say – music is the soundtrack of our lives. Even very little babies and young children make all sorts of noises. They gurgle and cry, clap and tap. Papperlapapp Nr. 15 encourages kids to sing, make music of their own, listen to tunes and explore the sounds made during our day-to-day lives, in nature and by our own bodies.
In the story called ‘A concert at midnight’, Mona and Kira use simple objects they find in the garden to create a range of instruments, which they then use to make music as a way of overcoming their fear of monsters in the dark.
In ‘A kiss for the Empress’, six-year-old W. A. Mozart recalls the concert he put on at Schönbrunn Palace in 1762, which ended – to the surprise of everyone there – with a spontaneous kiss being planted on Empress Maria Theresa’s cheek. A QR-Code at the end of the story is linked to ‘Das Butterbrot’ (Köchel Directory 6 A 284n C.27.09), a piano piece that features in our story.
The characters in our comic, ‘Oli + Grant’, enjoy nature’s last concert of the year before the songbirds head south for the winter. The ‘activity page’ shows how to make a guitar in a few simple steps using minimal equipment. ‘Page 38’ features tips that will help children to create rhythms and sounds using their own bodies.
Fun reads for young and old alike all about IN THE WOODS
The woods is a peaceful, exciting and sometimes even secretive place, where there are many different kinds of plants and animals to discover. Papperlapapp #14 aims to inspire readers and listeners to explore the woods for themselves.
In the story ‘The scent of the woods’, Paul tries to capture the smell of the woods and take it home with him. Sadly his mother is not very happy with the result, but it gives her an idea as to how Paul can enjoy the scent of the woods at least for one night. In ‘A flash, a crash, a rainy bash’, the forester searches for his friends, the woodland animals, to warn them about the coming storm. He visits each of their homes in turn and, in doing so, gets caught up in the thunder storm himself. But he can’t find the animals anywhere. Where on earth are they hiding? The ‘Oli + Grant’ comic describes how it’s not always very easy to get a peaceful night’s sleep even in the quietness of the woods.
The ‘brainteasers’ encourage readers to think about how important the woods are for us humans. The ‘activity page’ shows how to make a little house out of moss and twigs. ‘Page 38’ explains the meaning of the terms ‘deciduous, coniferous and mixed woods’.
Fun reads for young and old alike all about OH, HOW EMBARASSING!
We all suffer embarrassing moments and feel ashamed when other people happen to witness them. But if someone is there to help us through an embarrassing situation or listen to us recounting it, we don’t end up feeling so bad about ourselves. Plus, our relationship with that person will only grow stronger.
Leo finds this out for himself in the story ‘Being invisible’. As he had already feared might be the case, people laugh at him at school because his carnival costume is too simple and boring. He just wants the ground to swallow him up. But Miriam and Felix turn out to be truly lovely people and, in the end, Leo goes home with his head held high and a smile on his face.
‘As wide as the Mediterranean Sea’ covers a classic cause of embarrassment – little ones wetting themselves at nursery. Timmy’s parents help their son to apply a little humour to this unpleasant situation and he even ends up laughing out loud about it. There are all sorts of embarrassing situations to spot in our ‘hidden object game’. Then, on ‘Page 38’, children are encouraged to ask their parents to tell them about their own embarrassing moments from when they were little.
Fun reads for young and old alike all about the THEATRE
Issue Nr.12 sees us say: “We’re off to the theatre! Curtain up!” When we take to the stage, we can assume multiple roles and act out various scenarios in a flash. This is something that appeals to children in particular. As a wonderful by-product, acting helps children to develop their creativity and their social skills.
In the story ‘The great feast’, little Anna takes on the role of director. She wants her friends to act out the traditional fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, but they don’t exactly end up doing as they’re told. This leads to a crazy muddle that just so happens to be a huge relief, as by the end nobody is frightened of the Big Bad Wolf any more. ‘School trip to the theatre’ follows a little boy to a large theatre, where he gets a look behind the scenes that takes his breath away and inspires him to come up with an idea that is both fun and lucrative. As always, the ‘Brainteasers’ get the little ones thinking: Why do some people love being centre stage whilst others shy away? Our ‘Activity page’ in this issue aims to inspire readers to write a short play of their own and perform it with finger puppets they have made themselves.
Fun reads for young and old alike all about DINOSAURS
Papperlapapp Nr. 11 follows in the footsteps of the dinosaurs. We know everything we know about these creatures that disappeared from the face of the Earth 66 million years ago thanks to fossils. These precious discoveries are preserved, studied and exhibited in museums like the Natural History Museum in Vienna. But what happens in the museum when night falls?
The story ‘Mina in the museum’ has the answer! Every night, once the sun has set, the Struthiosaurus austriacus climbs out of his glass case and heads off to pay his friend, the Allosaurus, a visit. But one night he comes across Mina, a little dinosaur researcher in the making. She is at the museum for a night of adventure and is meant to be having a sleepover in the dinosaur room. Instead, she joins Struthi for an exciting stroll through the time-honoured building with all of the wonderful creatures it houses. The feature called ‘Crocodile birds’ showcases 26 artistic drawings of dinosaurs in alphabetical order from A all the way to Z. The ‘Brainteasers’ call upon readers to consider ideas for what they could possibly do with a pet dinosaur. And simple instructions for making a little Supersaurus can be found on the ‘Activity page’.
Fun reads for young and old alike all about UNDERWATER
We don’t call Earth the blue planet for nothing: More than two thirds of the world’s surface is covered with water. And there’s a wide and wonderful universe under the surface. Papperlapapp Nr. 10 takes readers on an underwater journey.
The story called ‘The end of the world’ follows the adventures of a tiny stone on the sea bed who ends up on a sandy beach. There he meets some extremely strange two-legged creatures that play together or even swim through the air! In ‘Ribbit!’, Flora and her mother rescue some frog spawn. Flora would never have imagined that it would one day turn into frogs with annoying croaks. But she knows what to do to help! The ‘Activity page’ will get every reader longing for an aquarium – one simply made out of a shoebox that is nice and easy to take care of. The ‘Brainteasers’ tackle the question of how fish talk to one another, whilst ‘Page 38’ looks at creatures that live in the deepest depths of the ocean and produce their own light when they are on the prowl for prey. Splish splash!
Fun reads for young and old alike all about ANGER
It sure does feel good to let our feelings out, but does that apply to anger too? Is it OK to show that we are angry? Absolutely! In fact, that is exactly what we should do! And if those around us show a little understanding, our feelings of anger and irritation soon blow over. Sometimes, we may even find that anger helps us to assert ourselves.
In the story called ‘Theo and the fury’, we see how an outbreak of anger helps Theo to stand up for himself against his bossy friend Tim without ruining their friendship. Lots of little irritations can sometimes make a bad mood blow up and turn into major rage. In these situations, it’s just a matter of letting off steam and those horrible feelings of anger are gone before we know it. ‘The little hippo who sees red’ soon realises that this is true. Any readers wondering how to tell that someone is angry just by looking at their face should take a look at our ‘Brainteasers’. And ‘Page 38’ features some tips and tricks for calming down.
Fun reads for young and old alike all about COOKING
Cooking is a wonderful activity – the simplest ingredients can often be transformed into delicious culinary creations. And there’s no need to worry if a recipe doesn’t quite go to plan. All it takes is a bit of imagination and pizazz and you can whip up a different dish altogether.
Children love cooking, as it gets all their senses working and keeps boredom at bay. This is certainly the case in ‘Pizza for everyone!’. And cooking can be a fantastic alternative in this era of excessive media consumption, as we can see in the story called ‘The Emperor’s new pancake’. Little chefs are usually extremely happy and proud when the food they have prepared is a success. Then when they start cooking for other people, they also get the amazing feeling that comes with being able to show people how much they mean to them through food. Papperlapapp Nr. 8 focuses on all of these wonderful aspects of cooking.
Fun reads for young and old alike all about MAGIC
Who doesn’t wish they could do a bit of magic at least every now and then? But it’s just not that easy… Or is it?Papperlapapp Nr. 7 explores the topic in both a fun and philosophical way.
In ‘Abracadabra’, the little rabbit tries hard to pronounce his master’s magic spell correctly. He gets there in the end and manages to outdo his master as well as the witch and the fairy. Things are a little different in the fairy tale ‘The magic mouth’. A wood chopper’s breath reminds us that we have many a trick up our own sleeves without even realising it. The ‘Brainteasers’ then revisit this lovely idea. Our comic strip characters ‘Oli + Grant’ finally discover the unique magic show that nature puts on for us every single day: sunrise. That is, of course, providing that the weather is kind to us!
Fun reads for young and old alike all about BEES
Bees are the most important working creatures on the planet. What better reason could there be for us to dedicate an entire issue of Papperlapapp to these tiny insects? Issue #6 takes a closer look at the natural marvels that bees perform, all to our benefit.
In ‘Bees, blossoms, breakfast’, Flora sets off on an exciting and educational journey on the back of Lolli the bee to explore the world of the honeybees. Small information boxes appear alongside the vivid illustrations, providing important details for the more curious young readers. The story ‘How does honey find its way into the jar?’ looks into the work of beekeeper Emma. Any readers following in the footsteps of ‘Oli + Grant’ will soon find themselves enjoying a meadow full of flowers. Plus, they will experience the amazing feeling of actively helping the honeybees in their quest to find healthy nourishment.
Fun reads for young and old alike all about BOREDOM
All children get bored every now and then. Papperlapapp #5 reveals how the dreaded feeling of boredom can even turn out to be a positive force, encouraging full relaxation or inspiring fresh ideas and creativity.
In ‘King Rolypoly and the hole in the sock’, boredom soon disappears when His Majesty finds himself having to reach for needle and thread. ‘“I am bored”, says the giant’ is a story filled with wordplay and subtle humour, showing how even the simplest of games can combat boredom and even be great fun. Our ‘Activity page’ in this issue has lots of highly effective tips and tricks to help fight off boredom. And ‘Oli + Grant’ start off feeling bored but they too do a great job of amusing themselves in the end.
Fun reads for young and old alike all about ANIMALS IN WINTER
When winter falls, we can cosy up inside with the heating on. But what do animals do?
In the story ‘Bears sleep in winter’, a little bear secretly sneaks out of his cave so he can finally experience the magic of winter that the owl has been going on about for so long. ‘My first winter in Africa’ is the exciting travel story of Siri, a migratory bird who flies south for the winter. ‘Oli + Grant’ come up with a plan to spend the winter like their friends the bear and bird do, but they fail spectacularly yet again. The ‘Activity page’ shows us how to build a bird feeder using orange peel.
Fun reads for young and old alike all about COURAGE
No matter how old we are, we all have to put our courage to the test every so often. What might seem like the easiest thing in the world to one person may be a massive challenge for someone else.
In ‘A quiet place at night’, Fred doesn’t know whether to believe what his uncle told him before he went to bed: Is there a monster living in the toilet or not? But after he goes to the toilet in the night, one thing he knows for sure is that he won’t ever be afraid of it again. ‘Today I will be brave’ sees a little rabbit deliberately take on risky and dangerous situations in order to feel extra brave. Luckily, he escapes unscathed thanks to his Auntie Stachelfell. ‘Oli + Grant’ heroically come to the rescue of a small bird in need and the ‘Activity page’ encourages children to draw out pictures of times when they have had to show how brave they are.
Fun reads for young and old alike all about OUTER SPACE
Even little children have important questions to ask about the solar system, including: Where is Earth positioned in the universe? How far away is the Moon from Earth? Is there life on other planets?
In the story ‘Linus and the voyage to space’, Lin and Linus have an incredible time at the planetarium and are even lucky enough to see a real shooting star for themselves. ‘Paul, the astronaut’ is a story all about how things can be happier and livelier in the shade than in the sun. Meanwhile, in ‘Oli + Grant’, Grant’s dream comes true: He gets close enough to the stars to touch them – albeit only as the result of a slight mishap. Readers can make a mesmerising mobile of their own featuring the Sun and nine other celestial bodies in our solar system by following the instructions on the ‘Activity page’.
Fun reads for young and old alike all about FRIENDSHIP
Friends make our lives better and brighter, starting from when we are really tiny. And that’s why the first-ever issue of Papperlapapp is all about friendship.
‘Linus and the seashell’ recalls the sweet story of how the special bond between a little boy. Linus, and a little girl, Lin, first came about. In ‘Let’s stay friends’, Amelie and Amaru decide to go against their parents’ wishes and promise to keep being friends despite the fact that they are different to one another. The ‘Brainteasers’, the ‘Oli + Grant’ comic, the ‘Activity page’, the hidden object game and ‘Page 38’ also all encourage children and adults reading out loud to them to think about various aspects of friendship in a fun and enjoyable way.