The children in our Thursday/Friday GAP class thoroughly enjoyed a visit from Almut Weiler Andersen, her daughter Hannah and teddy-bear Rosa.
Almut is a native German-speaking preschool teacher working in Sydney, and she was the national winner of the Early Educator of the Year award in 2018.
Almut kindly agreed to visit us at GAP, meet us all, and share a children’s book she has recently published, called “Auf der Suche nach Rosa“.
In the story, Hannah (whom we all met in real life) follows a trail of clues left by her teddy bear Rosa (whom we also met). Rosa has a lesson for Hannah, we hear.
The children listened attentively as Almut read the story and discussed how Hannah had to become brave in order to visit a few local places, like the local bakery and playground, and a seek help from a friendly neighbour in order to find her teddy bear, Rosa.
After overcoming some of her fears in order to follow Rosa’s trail, Hannah finds her teddy. Rosa has a lesson for Hannah: Be brave. Tell yourself, you can do it. We all practised saying, “Ich schaffe das” (I can do it), and it felt positively good to say it.
The little illustrations in the book are Hannah’s own work, and the photographs are great, as we could see a glimpse of a normal child’s life and their normal local surroundings in Germany.
Danke, Almut, Hannah und Rosa for visiting us.
A copy of the book will be available shortly in the Spielwelt library, for families to read at home.