The unusual shape of this Advent calendar -- more than a yard wide when unfolded -- affords it many possible uses. Unfolded, it makes a decorative wall frieze. Folded, it can be used as a centerpiece that can stand alone or surround a light or a small Christmas tree.
Binette Schroeder was born in Hamburg, Germany. After studying graphics at a Munich private school, she studied at the University in Basel for design. Lupinchen, her debut, was an artistic breakthrough. Her artistic oeuvre was awarded the Special Prize of the German Youth Literature Prize in 1997, and the Grand Prize of the Academy for Children and Adolescent Literature in 2004. Today she lives with her husband Peter Nickl in near Munich.