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The Baobab Series cover picture books, stories and novels for children and young people from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Oceania but also from the Middle East and the margins of Europe – all of them translated into German, some of them published as a bilingual edition. On this site you will find our newest publications all at once.


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Hallo, Walfisch! (Hello Whale!)

Lauris Gundars
A novel from Latvia. Illustrated by Annette Melece.
Translated from Latvian by Matthias Knoll
© 2018 Baobab Books

Whale and Buzzbee – these are the nicknames grandfather and granddaughter have given to each other. They do have real names too, but that is another story … Whale and Buzzfly live in Riga and they spend a lot of time together while Buzzbee’s parents are at work. Always, Buzzbee has bugging questions. One day she asks Whale: »Why don’t you say hello to other people?« She herself was thaught to greet everyone and doesn’t mind to say hello at all; even to the grumpy man from the corner shop. Grandfather is short of an answer and comes up with a strange explanation …

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Schneller Hase (Running Rabbit)

John Kilaka

A picture book from Tanzania
Transmitted from Swahili by Maja Ruef
© 2018 Baobab Books

The animals are thirsty, as there isn't enough water to go around. But the hungry crocodile lurking in the river is in no mood to share. It has demanded a sacrificial offering to satisfy its hunger. The big animals all agree that a small animal has to be the sacrificed. To this end they want to catch Rabbit … And quickly the new story by Tanzanian author and artist John Kilaka takes up speed!
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Aus dem Milchmeer entstand die Welt

Museum Rietberg, Zurich
8 tales from the realm of the Indian Gods and Goddesses

Retold by Caroline Widmer and Penelope Tunstall
Reproductions of miniature paintings from the Museum Rietberg Zürich
© 2018 Baobab Books

An introduction to the magical world of the Hindi mythology: These 8 tales shine a light on Creator god Brahma, three-eyed Shiva, the witty Ganesha with his elephant head, and many more. Sometimes divine, sometimes surprisingly worldly, we hear about wonders, betrayal, quarrel and love – and start to grasp the complexity of the family ties of the deities. Each story is complemented by a colorful Indian miniature painting from the collection of the Rietberg Museum in Zurich.

Das Glück ist ein Fisch

Melba Escobar de Nogales
A novel from Colombia
Illustrated by Elizabeth Builes
Translated from Spanish by Jochen Weber
© 2018 Baobab Books (German edition)

There's nothing Pedro would like more than to see the ocean. Living in Bogotá, he's really surprised when his mother gives him a trip to an island for his tenth birthday. I bet there are pirates there! They say that water has seven colours. But then the holiday turns out completely different from what he had expected. In this finely illustrated adventure with Pedro we experience happiness and pain in equal measure. You have to get lost first to be able to find yourself …

Etwas Schwarzes (Something Black)

Reza Dalvand
A picture book from Iran
Translated from Farsi by Nazli Hodaie
© 2017 Baobab Books

One dawn the woods shine in more beautiful colours than ever before. And there in the sunlight – there's something black lying on the ground. The leopard is afraid he lost one of his spots. The raven is convinced to have found a broken piece of a star, and the fox smells danger from over the king's palace. They all talk about the looming danger but none of the animals knows what the black thing could be, not even the owl with its sharp eyes …
With a wink the Iranian illustrator Reza Dalvand tells a small and equally big story about the fear of the unknown.
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