[FSFE PR][FR] Children‘s book published about software, skateboards, and raspberry ice cream

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 = Children‘s book published about software, skateboards, and raspberry ice cream =

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Today, 29 November, O'Reilly Germany publishes the book "Ada & Zangemann
- A fairy tale about software, skateboards and raspberry ice cream"
written by FSFE President Matthias Kirschner and illustrated by Sandra
Brandstätter, among other things, character designer for the series
"Trudes Tier" from the show "Sendung mit der Maus".

    The famous inventor Zangemann lives in a huge villa high above the
    city. Adults and children alike love his inventions and are
    desperate to have them. But then something happens: when Zangemann
    once again wants to take a close-up look at his inventions during a
    walk through the cityand with a loud thud, a child riding a
    skateboard hits him in the shin! Enraged, the inventor makes a
    momentous decision... The clever girl Ada sees through it all.
    Together with her friends, she forges a plan.

This illustrated children's book tells the story of the famous inventor
Zangemann and the girl Ada, a curious tinkerer. Ada begins to experiment
with hardware and software, and in the process realises how crucial it
is for her and others to control technology.

A book for children from the age of 6 that arouses children's interest
in tinkering and encourages shaping technology.

    "Kirschner's book introduces readers young and old to the power and
    peril of software. It also highlights the accelerating effects of
    sharing software freely - creating conditions for direct and
    indirect collaboration which can be a metaphor for the conduct of
    science. Behind it all is a backdrop of ethics of knowledge sharing
    upon which the arc of human history rides."

    Vint Cerf - Computer Scientist and one of the inventors of the
    internet (after reading the English translation).

    "Even as a non-child, I was captivated by the story from the first
    page to the last. Kudos to the author for packaging difficult topics
    such as monopolies, lobbyism, digital divide, software freedom,
    digital autonomy, IoT, consumer control, e-waste and much more in a
    child-friendly form in an easily understandable and exciting
    storyline. And kudos to the publisher for having the guts to publish
    a book under CC-BY-SA."

    Jörg Luther, chief editor of the German Linux-Magazin, LinuxUser,
    Raspberry Pi Geek

    "After my son was read the book last night, he told me the whole
    story this morning... He wants to make something out of old pallets
    after school today. And then he wants to learn programming."

    Ingo Wichmann, CEO Linuxhotel GmbH

The book "Ada & Zangemann - Ein Märchen über Software, Skateboards und
Himbeereis" [1] by Matthias Kirschner and Sandra Brandstätter, published
by dpunkt.verlag GmbH under ISBN 978-3-96009-190-5, is licensed under
"Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany (CC BY-SA 3.0 DE)
[2] ".

Matthias Kirschner wrote the text on a voluntary basis for the FSFE. All
author revenues go directly to the non-profit Free Software Foundation
Europe. The FSFE paid the illustrator Sandra Brandstätter and the
children's book editor Wiebke Helmchen for their work. Linuxhotel GmbH
made the project possble by already agreeding at the beginning of the
writing process to buy 1000 copies once the book was finished.

Currently, the FSFE is looking for a suitable publisher to for an
English translation. The FSFE would like to enable as many people as
possible to read the book in their mother tongue and asks for donations
for its work [3].

Further press material on "Ada & Zangemann" is available on the
publisher's website [4].

En discuter [5]

 1: https://oreilly.de/produkt/ada-und-zangemann/
 2: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/
 3: https://fsfe.org/donate
 4: https://oreilly.de/presseinformationen/pressematerialien-ada-und-zangemann/
 5: https://community.fsfe.org/t/773

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