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Globi becomes an organic farmer


German-speaking Swiss children have enjoyed the Globi stories for decades. Originally designed as an advertising medium for the Globus chain of department stores, Globi the parrot has since gone on many adventures in over 80 children’s books. Although the first translations in French-speaking Switzerland enjoyed little success, selected editions are still translated into French today. English translations have also been available for some years now.

In the latest edition “Globi, der schlaue Bauer” (Globi, the Smart Farmer), the protagonist modernises a family farm by converting to organic standards and mild forms of pest control. The book has been brought out in the UN’s International Year of Family Farming, and the stories were produced in cooperation with the Swiss Biovision foundation.

As usual the story is told in rhyme – even in French and English in which this illustrated book has also been published. The stories and songs on the accompanying audio book CD are in Swiss German. MH

“Globi, der schlaue Bauer”, Globi-Verlag, Zurich; book (also in French and English), CHF 21.50; audio book CD in Swiss German, CHF 16.90