Kiki Kufenflitzer – Der Eiskristall

Kiki Kufenflitzer - Der EiskristallThis afternoon I took my daughter to a reading of “Kiki Kufenflitzer – Der Eiskristall” by the author, former German figure skating champion and actress Tanja Szewczenko in Heddesheim.

Arriving in good time, we were somewhat surprised to find out that we should have arranged tickets in advance, as there had been no mention of this on the website where we had read about it, but luckily we were still able to get in at the last minute.

Apart from this small hiccup, everything was well organised, with a warm area at the front for the children to sit on, and chairs further back for the parents.

Kiki Kufenflitzer gets her name from the ice skates that she wears all day, as “Kufen” refers to the blades.  She lives in a country called “Nordland”, which is covered in ice all year round, making ice skates the perfect way of getting around.  But one day, the ice crystal that keeps Nordland frozen gets stolen, and things start to melt, leading to Kiki’s adventure to recover it.

Frau Szewczenko read a chapter from the book, and then offered to sign autographs and have photos taken with the children.  And unlike other events that I have been at, she took time for every child – not just those who had bought the book.

Tanja Szewczenko signing autographs in Heddesheim

My daughter not only joined the queue and talked to her about her ice skating lessons, she proceeded to perform one of her skating exercises – much to the delight of the press photographers.

We very much enjoyed our trip to Heddesheim and the public reading, and now look forward to reading the rest of the book.


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Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant and online community manager. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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