Saturday, 08. March 2014
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A bestselling interactive children’s Bible could soon be available in English, five years after it was launched in German, according to the designers of the hit product.
This Austrian innovation is still the only interactive children’s Bible in the world and the producers are now determined to make it available to English speakers following massive demand in France, Spain and Germany.
Since it was launched in Vienna, it has sold tens of thousands of copies, developer Katarina Angerer said, but her dream is to finally realise her creation in English.
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Angerer said: "In the German language there are 200 children's Bibles in publication but there was nothing interactive for the computer, which is why we came up with the project.
It was quite easy to get the French edition done, but we really struggled to complete the English version. It's very hard to find a publishing and distribution partner and we can't afford to fund it ourselves. I think there would be a big demand for it and that's been backed up by the editions we've done so far."
Up to now the children’s Bible is limited to the Gospels, but Angerer said: "As soon as we can afford to, we want to produce the Old Testament and after that an edition covering the events after Jesus’ ascension."
The three CD-ROMs each contain a 20-minute cartoon movie by Graz-based painter Tom Klengel, with a toolbar that can be accessed at any time. The toolbar features background info, maps and a big illustrated children’s Bible encyclopaedia with 200 items.
The corresponding Bible passages are included in their original version, a version for kids from eight to 11 and one for small children that is read by a narrator.
The interactive Bible also includes small educational games. In "Loading the Donkey" the child has to choose only objects that already existed in biblical times to put on the donkey. There is also a memory game, as well as a quiz, a puzzle and painting templates.
Angerer said: "The project has been approved by Catholic, Protestant and Greek orthodox dignitaries. To me it is important that Christians connect with each other; that’s why I am especially proud that the project is supported by all three denominations."
Professor Gottfried Adam from the theological faculty of Vienna University said: "Today, grandmothers don’t read to their grandchildren from the Bible any more. Children nowadays live in a media world where there is always something going on. That’s why the interactive Bible’s potential to reach young people cannot be overestimated."
Religion teacher Maren Weniger said: "The children’s Bible is popular among our children and thanks to the understated production, parents can be reassured that their children are not overloaded. Younger children particularly enjoy the painting templates."
Each CD-ROM depicting a stage in the life of Jesus costs 19,90 Euro. The set of three costs 49,90 Euro and is available in bookshops, petrol stations and branches of hardware store BauMax.
Due to high demand, a series of books has also been produced. One of them, called "Jesus for children", is a comic. Now puzzles, posters, postcards, and a painting template book are available as well.
The Exhibition "Children’s Bible – Then - Today – Tomorrow" opens on March 10 in the Bible centre in Breite Gasse 4-8/1 just behind Museumsquartier.
More info on http://www.kinderbibel.net and http://www.bibelgesellschaft.at.
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