Here are some of the stories that I liked reading when I was a small boy after first starting to go to school in Germany. Eons later, as I was nearing retirement, I used to love to go to used book stores while on business trips and look for things I’d remembered as a youngster. I found these three folktales in such a store in Frankfurt and decided, with a German-English dictionary as my crutch, to translate them so that my grandkids could also enjoy them.
A couple of the Munchhausen stories are pretty well known in the U.S. but I’ve never run across the other two here and I don’t know why because I’ve always found them delightful. The stories about Till Eulenspiegel especially were some of my favorites. Literally translated his name is “Owl Mirror” and is pronounced OIL-en-shpee-gull.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
1. Baron von Muenchhausen
2. Till Eulenspiegel
3. The Schildbuergers (10/2011)
4. The Adventures of Little Muck (10/1946 & 8/2015)
5. Heidi (9/2015)
6. German Children's Songs & Games (4/26/2016)