'Marty's Colour Adventure' is a story written in rhyme and is about a mouse scurrying around the kitchen on a Hutterite colony, looking for yummy things to eat. Both the author, Elma Maendel and the illustrator, Cynthia Stahl live on a Hutterite colony and are passionate about quality literature for young children. With this story the focus is on Hutterite children, as there are very few books where Hutterite children can relate in a real way with the characters, culture and language. For 'local colour' some dialect words are used in the text and the children are clearly Hutterite. However, this book can still be enjoyed by any other child. Along with helping to teach colours, children will enjoy get a glimpse of life on a Hutterite colony.
I can't help but add one of my favourite pages. As you can see, there's a dialect word in this rhyme, and its definition is printed at the bottom of the page. (I know, it's a little bit hard to see in the photo, but it's much better in the book.) Each of the Hutterisch words, has the English one right there.
Needless to say, our children love this book, not only because of it's catchy rhythmically language, whimsical story and delightful illustrations, but also because they see themselves in the story.
Have a little one on your Christmas list? Why not give him/her a Hutterite book? You can get this book at Amazon and at the HB Bookcentre, along with the first book in this series, 'Marty's Adventure'. That's right, may as well get both books? Or any other Hutterite book for that matter.
If you'd like to win this book, please leave a comment with your email address. For another entry, share this on Facebook, Twitter or your blog. But come back and tell me how you shared it. Winner will be determined with random.org, on Nov.the 23rd. Along with being announced here, the lucky winner will also be notified by email.
Many thanks to Elma Maendel, who kindly provided a book for the giveaway!