International Children's Digital library.

I found The International Children's Digital library while looking for a German language bedtime story for my daughter. She's at the age (almost 2) where she can repeat nearly everything after hearing it only once. This can be an awkward time for her to watch television or pass a Dublin pub, but it is a fun time for her to pick up bits of other languages. She even seems to understand the concept of different languages, last night after watching "Finding Nemo" DVD she was trying to speak whale. This brings me to an interesting observation. Most U.S. children's DVDs have only one or two languages, Nemo is in English and Spanish and yet the Spanish speaking Nemo, Marlin, Dorie... don't sound like the characters. Some language dubbing makes almost no attempt to sound like the character. Yet on Ireland's TG4, the Irish dubbed Daffy, Dora and Spongebob sound just like Daffy, Dora and Spongebob1. How many people do you know who can do the voice of a specific cartoon character in Irish? That's what I call job security! It's probably a fun job too. So it wouldn't hurt to introduce our daughter to other languages. Ideally she would hear bedtime stories from someone fluent in the book's language but she has already corrected my German pronounciation, so I'm learning too. I'm not sure how she does that.

Until digital paper is perfected, we still prefer printed books but ICDL's comic and spiral book reading interface is fun. It's written in Java[tm], so it works2 as well on OSX and Microsoft Windows XP as it does on Sun's Java Desktop System for Linux or Solaris.
1If you think Spongebob is a bit too surreal, try watching it in Irish.

2O.K., nothing works quite as well in Windows XP, with all that "waiting for virus 
scan" and "Drive letter component has failed, do you want to inform Microsoft?" nonsense, 
but ICDL's Java bookreader works in any Java capable operating environment.
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