We enjoyed an early winter storm this year with comfort. Thanks be to God for wood stoves and candles. We were able to cook on the wood stove, and in the evening we could still read by candlelight. During the moments we had electricity, we filled containers with water and did other necessary things.
The children were also able to listen to “Der kleine Eisbaer” (The Little Polar Bear) by Hans de Beer in those moments. This is sure to be a new winter favorite, and the story was told so well that even my 3-year-old joined in to listen!
The first story’s storyline is simple: Kleiner Eisbaer, wohin faehrst Du? A little polar bear is separated from his father while out on the ice. He awakes to the morning alone. The story tells of his adventures as he makes his way home and of the animals he meets along the way. The story is told by Manfred Steffen, who has a gruff, elderly, yet gentle voice that makes one think of bears. At first, the children were afraid of the voice until I explained that it must be a grandpa telling the story. Then, they settled in to listen to “Der kleine Eisbaer.”
Other stories on the CD: Kleiner Eisbaer: Komm bald wieder; Kleiner Eisbaer: nimm mich mit; Der kleine Eisbaer und der Angsthase