Saturday, 22 August 2015

Swiss Children’s Books

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I wasn’t a big reader in my childhood, but these books were very popular in Switzerland and I still remember enjoying them.


Globi is a mixture of a parrot and a human being. He always wear the same yellow hat. He was invented in 1932 and there have been 79 books published so far. Globi’s adventures are funny and very entertaining.

Papa Moll

Papa Moll was invented in 1952 by Edith Oppenheim-Jonas connected to Pro Juventute. It’s a funny comic strip for childern. There are 12 books published so far. Papa Moll is a family dad with 5 hair and always with a tie.. With Mama Moll he has three children: Willy, Fritz und Evi.

Schellen Ursli

Schellen Ursli is a childern’s book by Selina Chönz and illustrator Alois Carigiet. It’s one of the mots popular books in Switzerland. Schellenursli is set in the canton of Graubünden, surrounded by beautiful mountains and tells the story of a boy and a big cow bell.

Der Regenbogenfisch

The “rainbow fish” is the prettiest fish in the sea with his sparkly and colourful scales. He enjoys the attention and likes being in the center of it all. The other fish soon have enough of his attitude though. He is alone and suddenly realizes how nice and important it is to have friends. The first story was published in 1992 (when I was 3) and now there are seven stories out there. It’s written by Marcus Pfister.


That’s probably the most typical Siss childern’s book, written by Johanna Spyri in 1881. All the kids now Heidi and  Jedes “Alpöhi”. With her friend Peter she experiences lots of wonderful things in the Swiss alps. She also gets to spend some time in Germany with her aunt Dete and cousin Clara. 

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