Thorbjørn Egners lesebøker (English: Thorbjorn Egner's Readers) were a series of sixteen readers for elementary school written by Norwegian author Thorbjørn Egner. Egner spent 25 years working on the series –consisting of collected literature as well as his own stories and illustrations –and they were published in the years 1950–1972. The books were intended for children aged 8–15, which at the time corresponded to grades 2nd–9th. Among the recurring characters was the young boy Ola-Ola, who grew up on a farm on the Norwegian countryside, but later moved to the city and had to adapt to a new life. Other stories took place in far-away lands, reminiscent of the environment in Egner's celebrated People and Robbers of Cardemon Town . There were also a selection of songs and poems in between the stories.
Basal readers are textbooks used to teach reading and associated skills to schoolchildren. Commonly called "reading books" or "readers" they are usually published as anthologies that combine previously published short stories, excerpts of longer narratives, and original works. A standard basal series comes with individual identical books for students, a Teacher's Edition of the book, and a collection of workbooks, assessments, and activities.
Elementary school is a school for students in their first school years, where they get primary education before they enter secondary education. The exact ages vary by country. In the United States, elementary schools usually have 6 grades with pupils aged between 6 and 13 years old, but the age can be up to 10 or 14 years old as well. In Japan, the age of pupils in elementary school ranges from 6 to 12, after which the pupils enter junior high school.
Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northwestern Europe whose territory comprises the western and northernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula; the remote island of Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard are also part of the Kingdom of Norway. The Antarctic Peter I Island and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island are dependent territories and thus not considered part of the kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land.
The books took over the role held for decades by the readers of Nordahl Rolfsen in the Norwegian educational system. Rolfsen's books were published in the years 1892–1895, and had been the standard works since, but starting in the 1950s, Egner's books took over this position. Egner himself considered the series to be the magnum opus of his collected works. In 1972, however –the year when the last book in the series was published –the educational program of Norwegian primary schools was altered. The new scheme largely abandoned the use of basic readers in the curriculum. As a result, Egner's textbooks were rendered virtually obsolete as educational tools. The books remain an important part of the Norwegian cultural heritage, being considered children's classics, and some of them have been reprinted more recently.
Johan Nordahl Brun Rolfsen was a Norwegian writer, educationalist and teacher, journalist, translator and speaker. He is best known for the series of five readers for elementary school, Læsebog for folkeskolen (1892–1895), which became the most widespread schoolbook in Norway.
Masterpiece, magnum opus or chef-d’œuvre in modern use is a creation that has been given much critical praise, especially one that is considered the greatest work of a person's career or to a work of outstanding creativity, skill, profundity, or workmanship. Historically, a "masterpiece" was a work of a very high standard produced to obtain membership of a guild or academy in various areas of the visual arts and crafts.
A primary school is a school in which children receive primary or elementary education from the age of about five to eleven, coming after preschool, infant school and before secondary school.
Ingri d'Aulaire and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire were American writers and illustrators of children's books who worked primarily as a team, completing almost all of their well-known works together. The couple immigrated to the United States and worked on books that focused on history such as Abraham Lincoln, which won the 1940 Caldecott Award. They are part of the group of immigrant artists composed of Feodor Rojankovsky, Roger Duvoisin, Ludwig Bemelmans, Miska Petersham, and Tibor Gergely, who helped shape the Golden Age of picture books in mid-twentieth-century America.
Thorbjørn Egner was a Norwegian playwright, songwriter and illustrator known principally for his books, plays and musicals for children. He is principally associated with his narratives for children including Karius og Baktus (1949) and Folk og røvere i Kardemommeby (1955).
When the Robbers Came to Cardamom Town is a 1955 Norwegian children's book written and illustrated by Thorbjørn Egner, which tells the story of Kardemomme by. It is considered as one of the most important Norwegian children's books. The book includes many songs which are connected to the story. The story is well adapted for playing as a theatre act with musical elements.
NBU-prisen is a prize which is awarded by the Norwegian Writers for Children to a person or institution who had produced award winning work in children or youth literature in Norway. It is awarded every year to a Norwegian author or organization. The actual prize is a work of art, typically created by an illustrator of children’s books.
Bjørg Vik was a Norwegian novelist, short story writer, playwright and journalist.
Events in the year 1941 in Norway.
Inger Elisabeth Hansen is a Norwegian poet and translator.
Erik Rolfsen was a Norwegian architect. He served as urban manager of Oslo, Norway from 1947-73.
Paal-Helge Haugen is a Norwegian poet, novelist, dramatist and children's writer.
Ola Bauer was a Norwegian novelist and playwright. He made his literary debut with the novel Graffiti in 1976, under the pseudonym Jo Vendt. Among his best known books are Humlehjertene (1980), Rosapenna (1983), and Metoden (1985). Bauer was awarded Gyldendal's Endowment in 1982, and the Dobloug Prize in 1998. He died of cancer in 1999.
Events in the year 1864 in Norway.
Torolf Elster was a Norwegian newspaper and radio journalist, magazine editor, novelist, crime fiction writer and writer of short stories. He was Director-General of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) from 1972 to 1981.
Alf Rolfsen was a Norwegian painter and muralist.
Marianne Viermyr is a Norwegian children's author. She debuted as an author in 1976 and has written full-time since 1988. She won the Damm Prize in 1989 for Sviktet. She lived in the Østfold for 18 years before she settled in Bærum in 1989.
Wilhelm Münter Rolfsen was a Norwegian barrister, resistance member and film producer. During the German occupation of Norway he was actively involved in the resistance movement, particularly by organizing a network for escorting refugees to Sweden. He took part as a prosecutor in the legal purge in Norway after World War II, and he wrote two books about his wartime experiences. He was involved in film productions, including Nine Lives and Struggle for Eagle Peak
Ola Jonsmoen is a Norwegian educator, poet, novelist and children's writer.
Håkon Evjenth was a Norwegian jurist, non-fiction writer, short-story writer and children's writer. He is probably best remembered for his children's books.
The following is a list of notable events and releases of the year 1912 in Norwegian music.
Kirsten Langbo was a Norwegian children's writer, singer-songwriter and entertainer.
The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a numeric commercial book identifier which is intended to be unique. Publishers purchase ISBNs from an affiliate of the International ISBN Agency.