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Story time session for International Mother Language Day 2018

Posted by Irma Lachmund (irma) on Feb 18 2018
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In the past few years we have been celebrating International Mother Language Day with a multilingual story time session. The 2018 motto is “Linguistic diversity and multilingualism count for sustainable development”.

This year we will meet again for an exciting book reading in many languages at the Picnic for International Mother Language Day 2018. The event is on 25 February 2018 from 9am - 11:30am at Hyde Park near the Water Playground, corner Vincent and Throssell Street. BYO food and drinks. BBQ facilities are available. Bring your relatives and friends along and meet other bilingual families. Look out for our banner.

We love this colourful and simple book and it fits the 2018 theme perfectly. Through this book we learn, repeat and practise the colours and lower numbers in many languages and we also learn about the science behind the development of a butterfly. This book served us well in the past years and will again be the feature of the event which also includes a creative activity for pre-schoolers.

We plan to read the book in English, German, Spanish, Indonesian, French, Italian and Hebrew, and we hope to add a few more community languages, including Mandarin and Arabic - if we can organise native speakers to be part of the event. 

The book was originally written in German. Watch Eric Carle himself read the book in German "Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt." https://youtu.be/6BfGONXVToA

The book has been translated into at least 49 languages.

We found texts in various languages on the internet and here are some of the resources we used:

This is a lovely French version of 'La chenille qui fait des trous' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBpHkMgWld8

Here is the South American Spanish version 'Oruga Muy Hambrienta': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBpHkMgWld8www.youtube.com/watch

Another Spanish title is 'La pequeña oruga glotona': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlvsDn_5lU8 

The Italian version 'Il piccolo bruco Maisazio' is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inyijOtHscU

The Portuguese title is 'A lagartinha comilona'. The pages are available in a power point document here: http://www.slideshare.net/edanona/a-lagartinha-comilona-27450374. You find the a reading here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgqmvsDfGyI. 

Please leave links to any additional resources on public pages as a comment below and also let us know if you are hosting a similar event in any other library in Australia or elsewhere. We would welcome very much if your library, ethnic organisation, parent group or even families in your private home would join us and read Eric Carle's book on that day. Please take photos and share them in your network and with us. We are on Facebook too https://www.facebook.com/BilingualFamiliesPerth.


This post was originally titled "Story time session for International Mother Language Day 2014 - Do you know Eric Carle's book 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'?" and published on 3/02/2014 on  https://aussieplus.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/international-mother-language-day-2014.html



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