A B C Buch
Published by Spring Prairie Printing, Spring Prairie Hutterite
Colony, 1994, softcover, 82 pages
The ABC book is one of many books that the Hutterites publish
each year. It shows the letters of the old German script. This book
is meant to be used by children and adults alike, and is useful
for genealogists, family historians, and researchers who work with
old German text and script.
The introductory part briefly describes the particularities of
the German alphabet. The key part of the book shows not only the
capital and lower case letters but enhances them by drawings and
small examples thereby making it easier for children.
The third and last segment is pure reading material in alphabetical
sequence. For example, a short passage titled Fuchs is followed
by Garten, Hand, etc. Finally, there are also some short but well
known prayers. Examples of the prayers are:
Müde bin ich geh' zur Ruh'
schließe beide Augen zu
Komm Herr Jesu sei unser Gast
und segne was du uns bescheret hast
Review by Mary Lynn Axtman, Fargo, North Dakota
"Das ABC Buch" is printed by a local Hutterite Colony. This book
is used in their schools to teach their children the German script
letters, sounds and simple words.
It begins with simple German words and pictures that associate
with the phonetic sound of each print letter. There is then an alphabet
section of the script letters as they are printed and in cursive
writing in upper and lower case along with simple sentances for
each letter. Next is a section of German paragraphs and prayers
for reading practice.
These are a help for any of us who might be trying to decifer
records written in old German script.
A B C Alphabet in Old Gothic German Script (poster)
DAS A B C Buch
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