The First Kindergarten

(Friedrich Wilhelm August Froebel & Baroness Bertha Marie von Marenholtz-Buelow)

by J (Johannes) Froebel-Parker



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/23/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 48
ISBN : 9781481737838
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 48
ISBN : 9781481737845

About the Book

Froebel-Parker's book about Friedrich Froebel and Baroness Bertha von Marenholtz-Buelow is the third in his "Ahnentafel" series. It was preceded by "Friedrich and the First Kindergarten" and "Grandma Harrington and the Queen's Wardrobe." In "The First Kindergarten: Friedrich Wilhelm August Froebel & Baroness Bertha Marie von Marenholtz-Buelow" the author expands the story of the founding of Kindergarten to include Friedrich Froebel's tireless friend and advocate, Baroness von Marenholtz-Buelow. Opening the doors of cultural luminaries and European nobility to Froebel's ideas, the noblewoman from the ancient von Buelow family is often dubbed "the mother of Kindergarten" just as Froebel is referred to as "the father of Kindergarten." In this historical novel, which includes much biographical information, Froebel-Parker joins through literature the lives and contributions of two of the world's greatest proponents of children's education which are still relevant today.

About the Author

Froebel-Parker continues a centuries-long tradition of Froebel nephews and nieces who have dedicated themselves to their uncle's philosophy and approach to education. The author's grandparents, great grandmother and great aunts bequeathed him with the legacy of a vivid oral tradition about Friedrich and his entire extended family. The Froebels, with Merovingian Frankish ties, had lived since the 15th century in the Thuringian Holy Roman Empire Principality of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt. Their deep origins were in the area of the ancient Netherlands, as family memoirs indicate. Froebel-Parker began visiting Froebel sites in Thuringia even during the years of the German Democratic Republic (GDR/DDR). These connections and friendships continue and are influences in his account of the founding of the First Kindergarten.