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diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Children of the Hollatal (The)
by Lotte Stratil-Sauer
Age Range: 9-11
The Hollatal area is composed of three villages – Hollaberg, Hollafurt and Hollafeld. This is a story by German author Lotte Stratil-Sauer takes place in Hollaberg and follows all the ups and downs and social interaction of village life.
At the Kapusta Farm a farmer, his wife and two children Jörgi and Heide live with their servant Hemann Stidl who lives amongst the animals, in a little shed, along with an ox, pig, dog, cat and even a turkey! Hemann is pictured on the cover of the book featured here. Many of the other characters in the village including the butcher, parish priest, post office girl, shopkeeper, doctor, and teacher all play an important role in the story, especially when interacting with the local children.
The chapters are quite long so this story is likely to appeal to older children. Grete von Wille-Burchkhardt black and white line drawings are particularly effective in conveying the spirit of the story.