Hiking with Donkeys

Sparky and Spacy are very excited. They enter a contest: Hiking with Donkeys!

The participant, who solves all tasks and is first back from the tour, will be the winner. 
“You will go with Emma! She is a very nice donkey!“ says the organizer. “Here is your envelope with your tasks. Good luck!“
“Fine, let‘s start! I‘m the donkey leader!“ says Spacy. “No problem! I will be the tour guide!“ answers Sparky. “At the fountain we have to choose the path on the left side!“ In the beginning all is going fine. But after a while Emma doesn‘t want to go ahead. The donkey prefers to eat some grass. “Emma, come on! We lose too much time!“ Spacy says. He is pulling the lead. No reaction. He tries to push Emma. No chance. Sparky and Spacy are helpless. Then Spacy has an idea. He whispers Emma something in the ear. And the donkey moves – the whole way Emma walks without any further interruption.
Sparky and Spacy with Emma are the winners. “What did you say to her?“ Sparky wants to know. “I explained to her that everybody will see, that she is the best donkey. And she will receive a special portion of carrots. Donkeys are very smart. They want to understand why they should do something! I like this!“ Spacy says and smiles.


donkey                     Esel
hiking                       Wandern
to enter a contest    an einem Wettbewerb teilnehmen
participant               Teilnehmer
task                          Aufgabe
envelope                  Umschlag
fountain                   Brunnen
path                         Pfad, Weg
ahead                      voran
to eat                       fressen, essen
lead                         Leine
Illu: Harald Schröder

Living Eggs

Sparky and Spacy are busy with Easter preparations. “Now we can colour the eggs,“ says Spacy. “Yes, you are right!“ answers Sparky. “Where are the eggs?“ asks Spacy.
Illu: Harald Schröder

Egyptian Drink

Sparky is reading a book on ancient Egypt. He is deeply impressed. “Look how marvelously they could build,“ he shouts to Spacy and shows him a picture of a pyramid.
Illu: Harald Schröder


Spacy is very busy. He is fiddling with several coins and playing cards. “What are you doing?“ Sparky asks. “I‘m preparing some magic tricks. I‘m doing some conjuring tricks at the carnival party next week!“ Spacy explains.
Illu: Harald Schröder

Snow Sculpture

Sparky is sitting in the armchair. He is reading a book. In the fireplace a fire is burning. Outside it is snowing and snowing and snowing. Spacy looks out of the window.