From Education to War Gaming: The Craze for Tin Toys in the Long 18th Century

Miniature figures or miniature soldiers in general have been around as talismans or devotional objects for many centuries. However, the ‘modern’ toy soldier – a product explicitly marketed to children to play with – was created in the 18th century in Prussia. The first tin toys were flat, two-dimensional figures. They started as a by-product of the tin-ware production.

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#StayAtHome: Translator for children’s story wanted

Millions of people currently live in a locked-down area. This is an unusual situation for adults – and a very difficult one for kids. To help families with children aged 4-7 coping with shutdown and quarantine, I created an audio version of two children’s stories I wrote some years ago. One was among the winning stories in a writing contest for children’s stories, and was published by Weltbild.

The story “Die Reise nach Al Kalarabia” (10:30 min) is a story about courage, featuring the young camel Ben Abdul. The second story, “Fips im Zauberkäse” is about a mouse that lives in a magic cheese (4:30 min)

However, both stories are written in German. Thus, I am looking for someone fluent in both German and English who would translate and record one of it for free and then share it with families all over the world.

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