Helene Minto, (B.A, Diploma of Education, Newcastle University, Australia) is an experienced German teacher who has taught in schools both in Australia and overseas. Helene has taught both the Australian and American curriculums from Grade 1 through to Grade 12. She has also tutored children in the United Kingdom. A love of travel prompted her to work in many different schools. From teaching primary school, elementary and middle school she found that there was a shortage of simple German readers for children from English speaking backgrounds. The only books Helene was able to procure for the classroom necessitated many lessons of learning vocabulary before the students could read the stories. This took all the fun and the mystery away from the stories.