When learning a new language, some of the issues we encounter are translating those crafty closed compound words – combinations of two or more words that function as a single unit and mean something different than the individual words they are built with.A
Direct translation: bait bird
Actual meaning: vulture
Direct translation: Hunting lazy horse
Actual meaning: cheetah
Direct translation: full throat
Actual meaning: sick of it all
Direct translation: Growl nut
Actual meaning: starter motor
Direct translation: Little Flap cupboard
Actual meaning: cubby hole
Direct translation: Camel horse
Actual meaning: Giraffe
Direct translation: Cats mischief
Actual meaning: getting up to no good
Direct translation: teasing little man
Actual meaning: a male rock lizard
Direct translation: Lazy horse
Actual meaning: Leopard
Direct translation: late lamb
Actual meaning: a child born many years after its siblings
Direct translation: road food
Actual meaning: Southern African snacks and provisions for a journey
Drie populêre kinderboeke, nou beskibaar in Afrikaans. Helder en kleurvolle illustrasies en beminlike karakters wat opwindende avonture deel. Vir kinders en ouers om saam te geniet.
I am a big fan of Patricia and her style of writing. She certainly knows how to capture the imagination.
Mandie Griffiths, Book Reviewer
Die Leeu en die Hond
Hierdie gedig was geïnspereer deur die ware verhaal van Bonedigger, die gestremde leeu en Milo die vriendelike worshond wat bewys het dat vriendskap geen grense ken nie.
“Ek hou van die mooi boodskappe van vriendskap, geloof, optimisme, en vriendelikheid oorgedra deur middel van hierdie verhaal. Die illustrasies is wonderlik en hulle gee duidelikheid aan die konsep en die outeur se woorde. Wat ‘n pragtige storie vir ouers om voor te lees vir kinders en kinders te help om die ware betekenis van vriendskap te verstaan en hoe dit geen grense ken nie!”
Die Olifant en die Skaap
Hierdie gedig was geïnspereer deur die ware verhaal van Themba, ‘n ses- maande-ou weesolifant wat aangemeem is deur Albert die skaap. Die twee vriende woon in ‘n natuurreservaat in Suid Afrika.
“We both liked the illustrations. They are colorful and cute.I really liked the message that Furstenberg put into this story. It is one that children need to learn at an early age. I recommend this book for anyone with young children.” 5* Readers’ Favorite Review for the English Edition
Die Jagluiperd en die Hond
Hierdie gedig was geïnspereer deur die ware verhaal van Kasi, ‘n wees jagluiperd mannietjie, en Mtani, ‘n Labrador tefie, wat ‘n merkwaardige vriendskap gesmee het en lewenslank vriende gebly het…
“An important and beautiful story for little readers. A book parents should read to their children, not only because it’s pretty and cute, but to also encourage children to learn about the little things that matter from our four legged companions.” 5 Stars Review of the English Edition by Rebecca Evans, Reviewer
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Dieses Gedicht wurde von der wahren Geschichte eines sechs Monate alten Elefanten namens Themba – ein Waisenkind – geprägt. Themba wurde von einem Schaf namens Albert adoptiert. Die beiden Freunde leben in einem Naturschutzgebiet in Südafrika.
“Zwei kleine Schwänze trafen sich eines Tages, beide vor Freude strahlend, Rein zufällig, unter heißen Sonnenstrahlen. “Hallo,” einer wedelte; der andere wackelte, “lass uns spielen!” Sie sahen einander nicht ähnlich, aber sie waren beide grau. “Ja, zusammenspielen!” Einer hatte trampelnde Füße; der andere war kleiner, aber feiner. Das eine Lächeln war hoch. Der Mund des anderen war viel kleiner.”
Dieses Gedicht wurde von der wahren Geschichte von Bonedigger, dem behinderten Löwen, und Milo, dem freundlichen Dackel, geprägt. Sie bewiesen, dass Freundschaft keine Grenzen kennt.
Im Herzen eines … Zoos, so wird gesagt, Dass ein Löwe und ein Hund oft ihr Brot teilten. Wie wunderbar! Und die Nachricht verbreitete sich schnell: “So eine unglaubliche Freundschaft!” Kaum zu glauben, dass ein Löwe und ein Hund Freunde sein könnten. “Sie sind nicht die gleiche Rasse,” sagten alle. “Das ist ein Märchen!”
Dieses Gedicht wurde von einer wahren Geschichte geprägt. Kasi war ein männlicher Gepard – ein Waisenkind; Mtani eine Labradorhündin. Die beiden schlossen eine bemerkenswerte Freundschaft und blieben lebenslange Freunde.
Zwei nasse Nasen trafen sich eines Tages, zufällig. Jeder von ihnen war auf einer anderen Spur. Rein zufällig … Die Sonne stand hoch, der Tag war heiß. Sobald der Staub wirbelte, konnte man nichts sehen, alles das Gleiche! Das sind Afrikas wilde Ebenen, Mit langen, heißen Sommern und Geschichten von Schwänzen.
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Christmas time and winter holidays are the perfect season to curl up with a mug of hot chocolate and marshmallows and a magical book.
Cuddle up with your child and travel together to a magical land where sweet dreams, good friends and snowy adventures!
Little Tail and the Snow: “Imaginative way of bringing nature to life. Makes you think of all those little precious things around us we take for granted every day. Lovely depictions.”
Little Tail Meets Blue – How much do you enjoy snow? THAT much? Then you’re just like Little Tail, the adventurous dog who went far and away looking for it. What else will he find in that snowed up, frosty forest?
The Blue Forest: “Excellent! I teach children to speak and read English! They love these books! They are fun and informative as well!”
“You simply have to read about this Winter Wonderland!”
Will Little Tail, the friendly dog with a red tuft at the end of his tail, have another chance to frolic in the snow with his friend? He will have to wait to find out. Daylight casts new shadows over the forest trees and things look different than they were during night time.
Little Tail might be a small dog by size, but he’s a brave little dog. What else has he discovered up North? Friend or foe? He soon learns that it is better to listen when being spoken to – even if a tiny bird addresses you.
Little Tail has to make a choice and there is a risk that he will be chased out of his cozy burrow and in the heart of winter , if the old rhyme proves to be right. But if he doesn’t offer his help a stranger might perish!
“I really enjoyed this book about Little Tail the dog. He is such a great character, who is very kind.
This is a wonderful book to teach children about helping others and friendship.“
You can read all of these book and more in HAPPY FRIENDS, available in paperback, kindle and LARGE PRINT from Amazon:
“Enid Blyton style.
Happy Friends has everything you want in a children’s book! It will make your child laugh, smile, stoke their imagination and set them on the right track for sweet dreams!
As well as all this, the book shares valuable life lessons, traditional values, installs empathy, and positivity too!
It is a fun yet deep book which I believe every child should own!“
All of these books and more are part of the “HAPPY FRIENDS” collection: “Patricia Furstenberg’s collection of twelve stories, Happy Friends, is a classic collection of stories to charm and to teach young readers the value of life and the value of good friends. Each of the twelve stories stands on its own, but each story interacts with the next as the plot thickens. The individual stories become Little Tail’s journey of discovery as he leaves his home and friends, only to discover that Snow might be interesting, but so are his friends back home.
For as “The Book of Life” says, and is often quoted in Happy Friends, “The time spent in the company of friends will, more than once, become part of our most cherished memories, staying with us for the rest of our lives.” Happy Friends is a treasure to be enjoyed and shared over and over again”(Reader’s Favorite Book Review)”
Belle Cat, Whiskers on my Mat, 5 STARS Readers Favorite Review #bookreview, #5stars #cat #story #kidslit
“Belle Cat: Whiskers On My Mat by Patricia Furstenberg is the heartwarming story of a human family and a cat. Belle, the tabby cat, was adopted by a family after she was found injured following being hit by a car. Though she was badly injured and the shelter man said she had no chance and would never heal, the family took her home. When Belle reached home, everyone was delighted and they found immense joy in watching her drinking milk, bending graciously over the plate, sitting poised in front of the dish, hearing her soothing purr, and the feel of her silky, warm fur.
This book is definitely a must-read and must-have for all cat lovers and owners.The author makes the verses attractive with adorable and charming photographs of the cat, adding to the aesthetic feel of the book. The images are gorgeous and they make the verses tangible to readers. It is a good book for poetry reading in classroomsas it gives information to children about cats in an engaging way that will make them want to observe cats whenever they see them. There are a lot of facts about cats that readers will learn once they read about Belle.The Fun-tastic Cat Facts at the end of the book and other interesting facts about cats make this book entertaining and fun. Readers, both adults and children, will start observing cats more closely after reading this book.” (Review by Mamta Madhavan for Readers Favorite)
Woohoo! I am thrilled with this review!
You can buy Belle Cat from Amazon, it is available in paperback and eBook (FREE to read with Kindle Unlimited):
“There is something truly magical about this wonderful collection. Having read each poem, I love how every word celebrates our canine companions from the tip of their wet noses to the wag of their tails.” (Susan Day, Editor and Author)
As Good As Gold is also available as an e-book, paperback and in Large Print, colorful pictures, a dyslexia friendly edition: get it on Amazon UK, Amazon US
I chose the name Haiku-San as it derives from Haiku, meaning unusual verse in Japanese (hai=unusual, ku=verse, strophe) and San, the honorific Japanese title when speaking about people. San is also the phonetic transcription of the first syllable of the English word Sunday, Sun-day hence Haiku-San, a Sunday feature on Alluring Creations involving Haiku I write.
Enjoy more haiku and feel good, humorous poems about dogs in my new book of poetry and haiku, As Good AS Gold.As Good As Gold is also available as e-book, paperback and Large Print, a dyslexia friendly edition: Amazon UK, Amazon US
Free book preview, sneak peek, read my books anywhere free, Kindle instant preview of my books: Joyful Trouble, As Good as Gold, The Cheetah and the Dog, Belle Cat, Puppy, The Lion and the Dog, The Elephant and the Sheep
Enjoy historical, WWII, diversity, poetry, haiku, children’s books, kids literature, short stories teaching empathy, feel good reads for all ages.
Joyful Trouble: Based on the True Story of a Dog Enlisted in the Royal Navy
Take home an unbelievable and humorous true story of an incredible dog and how he found his true, yet unexpected calling. You will love the moving tale of Joyful Trouble, a dog whose love for humans went beyond any human-dog connection.
As Good as Gold: A dog’s life in poems
As engaging as a tail wag.
“A super sweet and poignant book of poetry about what a pup thinks of his world. As a cat lover I especially was tickled by his relationship to the cat. Any dog lover would adore this book. The photos were appealing. Haikus at the end were tiny diamonds.” (Kathryn Meyer Griffith, long time author)
Celebrating the simple things in life as seen through the eyes of our old time favorite furry friends, “As Good as Gold” is a volume of poetry revealing the talent and humor we always knew our dogs possessed.
The Cheetah and the Dog
Inspired by the true story of Kasi, the orphaned male cheetah, and Mtani, the female Labrador, which struck a remarkable friendship and remained life-long friends, “The Cheetah and the Dog” is a glorious celebration of curiosity, respect for life, and unconventional wisdom, a heart-warming, fun read that belongs on any family’s bedtime shelf.
Belle Cat: Whiskers on my mat
When a stray cat, lost and hurt, is given a second chance she grabs it with all of her… paws!
Based on a true love story between a cat and her human, told with compassion and humor.
Puppy: 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles
“Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles: is an auditory feast for children, a fun read-aloud for parents, and treat for dog-lovers, young and old.
Bringing musicality into the duo of story-line and bright images, Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles promises to be an auditory feast for children, a fun read-aloud for parents and a treat for dog-lovers, young and old. A book that children and grown-ups will love reading over and over.
The Lion and the Dog
Inspired by the true story of Bonedigger, the disabled lion and the friendly Dachshund Milo who proved that friendship knows no boundaries, “The Lion and the Dog” is a brilliant, colourful tale that shines when read aloud and is a definitive must-have for all collections.
The Elephant and the Sheep
Inspired by the true story of Themba, the orphan elephant and Albert the good-hearted sheep that adopted him and cuddled him, the two remaining log-life best friends, “The Elephant and the Sheep” is a hymn to innocence and unconditional love, a read that is sure to warm up everyone’s heart.
My new book As Good as Gold, A dog’s life in poems was released just a few weeks ago as eBook and paperback and it enjoyed many wonderful blogger’s attention during a five day powerful and uplifting blog tour.
Here are some of lovely comments As Good as Gold received:
“I have a confession to make. I’m not much of a dog lover. I’m more a cat person so I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy As Good As Gold, celebrating dogs. I needn’t have worried. I thoroughly enjoyed this charming collection of verse and as a result of reading it I think I understand dogs so much better.” @Lindahill50Hill on her blog,Linda’s Book Bag
“Patricia has caught the canine personality beautifully in her poems.” @LoveBooksGroup on Love Books Group blog.
“We enjoyed reading through all the poems and seeing the adorable pup photos with each one.” @J_Mischenkoblogging at Read Rant RockAndRoll
“These are beautiful poems to be read with a child, by a child or as a pet loving adult. There is something for everyone to relate to.” @susanhampson57 on her blog Books From Dusk Till Dawn
“a lovely book. I think it would appeal to any dog lover or animal lover, children and adults alike.” @ShortBookScribe blogging at Short Book And Scribes
“Many people are put off poetry as they find it inaccessible and this is why this book of poems is such a pleasure to read, each one uses words and images we all know.” @Walescrazy on her blog Books Are My Cwtches
“I always enjoy reading Patricia’s books not just because they centre on dogs but because she always manages to capture their personality as they grow and find their way.” @mgriffiths163 for @JenMedBkReviews blogging at JenMedsBookReviews
“My favourite poem is “As Pink as a Puppy’s Tongue” because it has a pug in it and pugs are my favourite dog. This is a very good book.” review by a young boy reader at @x2mum on blogmumjd
“I particularly liked the haikus at the end. It’s quite a challenge to write a haiku with its strict rules but the author has managed this beautifully with each a small complete story and still from a puppy’s point of view.” @portybelle blogging at Portobello Bookblog
“This book is a pure delight to read! It is uplifting, positive and a pleasure to read and as a dog lover it warmed my heart” @dmmaguire391 blogging at Donnasbookblog
“All of these poems are so incredible and I truly hope that readers everywhere will check out this new release by Patricia Furstenberg. She continues to prove herself as an outstanding writer and her words truly make the world a happier and more beautiful place!” @jenthomason1109 on her blog Dandelions Inspired Blog
“I really enjoyed seeing all things from snowflakes and autumn leaves, to other creatures in the garden, through all these dog’s eyes. What we consider normal and everyday for our puppies and our older dogs, may not be so ordinary and normal. Maybe we could learn from the excitement of our dogs, a new “wonder” in all the things around us.”@Haydnsgrammiefor @ReviewThisSites at Review This Reviews
“this could be easily used in a classroom reading a poem a day and using this as a discussion to talk about feelings and emotions too. Children will love seeing the world through a puppies eyes .” @ggilly47on her blog gilly918
“My little girl loves dogs so she really enjoyed listening to the poems as they really were lots of fun and designed to make you smile. Then there is the lovely addition of photos of both dogs and puppies that we both loved” @Rae_Reads1blogging at raereads1.blogspot
“I’d recommend As Good as Gold to fans of poetry and books about dogs in general. It’s a great read for people of all ages.” @pixyjazz on her blog Book Reviews By Jasmine
“The well-written poems with vivid imagery are enjoyable, entertaining, and uplifting. This brilliant poetry book is one that dog-lover parents and their children will not want to miss.” @singlibbooks on her blog Singing Librarian Books
“This is a charming collection of ‘doggy’ verse with an extensive range of other animals and nature included, as well as some delightful haiku at the end.” @JuliaThumWrites blogging at Julia Thum
You can purchase As Good as Gold from Amazon worldwide: