Come and have fun with the 1st Czech-English Advent calendar. No chocolates. Instead, you discover the magic of Christmas in 24 stories from all over the World. Have fun with your kids, write a letter to Santa and cut out characters for a nativity set.
Author: Lucie Letochová
Are you a mum, dad, or perhaps a teacher who wants to get in the Christmas mood before Christmas knocks on your door? That's how I felt. I guess that shopping malls won´t do the job, so I took the chance and started writing my book.
I wanted to be tuned in for Christmas, even if I had my kids sitting home with snotty noses and no sign of snow outside. Whether you are in a similar situation or not, you can get cozy with this book, read about interesting Christmas customs every day, and I believe you will hear about most of them for the first time. You will entertain your kids by cutting out figures for a nativity set and enjoy the time spent together by reading and creating. You can also write a letter to Santa.
Yes, the 1st Czech-English Advent Calendar is a book. You will definitely find no chocolates in it! You may not hang it on your wall, but you can browse through the pages and learn a lot of interesting facts about Christmas and I believe that reading together and other Christmas activities will bring a pleasant and joyful mood that sparks up your days before Christmas Day comes!
The idea for a book came up, and I started an email marathon and wrote emails to friends from abroad asking for a few lines about celebrating Christmas on the other side of the world. I sent emails to more than 100 different people. And it worked! Some gave me contacts for other people, and finally, after a few intense months, I found 24 people from around the world who described how they celebrate Christmas.
In the book, 24 people will describe in an engaging way how they celebrate Christmas. Stories are written by children or adults, and you will see how they all perceive Christmas in a completely different way. For some kids, the ideal gift is a new mobile phone for others, it can be crayons. Every family has its traditions and every country has some Christmas customs that you will not find in other countries.
You can browse a total of 160 pages and color images will smile at you from each page. I made the Czech and English versions almost identical so that you could really deduce words or whole sentences and also learn some Czech while reading.
I guess it wasn´t by accident, that I met an excellent illustrator Petra Oringle Řehová at some Christmas fair a few years ago. The illustrations she created, based on photos of people who sent me their Christmas stories, are gorgeous. She also drew a richly decorated Christmas tree, and you can use the cut-out characters to form an international nativity set around it.
Oh, and if you learn a few Czech words along the way, it will be a great reward for me as a teacher. The book is written as a Czech-English mirror version.
At the end of the book, you will find a few lines with instructions regarding the cut-outs. The characters have numbers so that you know which day they belong to.
There are paper attachments where you will find 24 characters, a colour border for a letter to Santa, and a Christmas tree. As a bonus, you can download the cut-outs next year via the link included in the book.
Our Maty has grown up but he still resembles his illustrated figure.
Have a look at the pages in this book...
You will read about a few strange things. For example, my husband, as a vegan would never touch the Christmas delicacy they serve in Greenland.
And would you believe that in one European country, there is a legal obligation to answer the letters kids send to Santa? You can even find a Christmas recipe from South America in the book.
Getting curious? Get the book. I believe that you will find many more interesting facts that you may not have known about.
Why do I need this project?
I originally released this book into the world as an eBook, but my friends told me that they would like to hold it in their hands and browse through the pages. I let the idea rest, and 3 years later, I started working on a printed book. I upgraded it to a Czech-English version.
Having a book printed is a costly affair, especially when it is a full-color book. That's why it just won't work without you. I believe that you like the idea and will help me get it among as many families, kindergartens, schools, orphanages, and hospitals as possible.
I am a mother, an English teacher, a traveller, a businesswoman, and the one with her head in the clouds, striving for a change.
I love travelling and the diversity it offers. I'm gradually debugging the website and adding more English there. I want to show people that they can communicate in English even with a smaller vocabulary. Blocks and the fear of speaking English are mainly in our heads. In the 20 years of teaching English, I see it today and every day.
I organize weekend conversation stays abroad to show people that they CAN speak English! I am also preparing an online course on this topic, but it is still only an outline.
I believe that this book will make you feel festive. Should you buy it, or choose one of the other rewards. I hope that together we will participate in its publication.
As I am grateful for you being a part of this book-printing project here, I offer the book Advent round the world for a pre-sale price of about 15% discount, and you also have my BIG THANKS!