Our first book series
The Valley by the River 1
All Kinds of Surprises
The Valley by the River 2
The adventures in the valley by the river continue! This time our five friends have numerous encounters and surprises ahead of them. What is an opera rabbit looking for by the river? Will Ferdi find his way home again? And who is that calling loudly for help? Come along too and let’s find out what’s happening to the mice Mirka and Kiki, Ferdi the rabbit, Dorian the badger and Luna the owl.
Is it spring at last?
The Valley by the River 3
What makes my children’s books so beautiful?
When I develop a new children’s book, I give the characters time to grow and come alive in my head. They then have their own individual character just like we humans do and react differently to certain situations. I also feel very connected and close to the world of children, fortunately I can still see the world through a child’s eyes and that always surprises me anew.
My Sorbian Books
What fascinates me about animal stories?
What fascinates me about animal stories is that they are one step further away from our “real” lives. I give my animal characters many human characteristics, but they often find their own creative solutions to questions and challenges. Just as the children of the future will always find new solutions of their own, so that the world will continue to develop.
As readers, we encounter an animal with a lot of trust and sympathy, which makes it easier for us to accept the whole range of character traits. Animals can help children to compare and name their experiences. For young children especially it is easier to identify with them. This is about basic themes such as friendship or certain fears, which are presented embedded in the animal world. Children always need new stories in which the themes that occupy them are varied.
That’s why I think it’s nice that the two curious mice Mirka and Kiki and the rabbit Ferdi are now part of it. I found it exciting that the illustrator intuitively understood and realised the characteristics of the animals very clearly, even though he lives in a different culture. This made it clear to me once again that the stories and also the characters from the Valley by the River have an intercultural effect and are understood. That’s why it’s good that they are now being published in many languages – I’m looking forward to the feedback.
– Lubina Hajduk