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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Letters to Anyone and Everyone
by Toon Tellegen
Age Range: 6-8
This charming completely original collection of short stories in the form of 23 letters written by a whole host of animals, captures the imagination and transports the reader to the enchanting realms of make-believe.
Ant, Squirrel, Elephant, Snail, Bear, Mole and many others take up their pens to write to each other and the world around them. Their letters are delivered by the wind, sometimes with amusing consequences. ‘Can I write a letter to a letter?’ muses the squirrel, ‘or write to my table?’ ‘Let’s write to the sun,’ cry all the animals one cold winter’s day. The sparrow takes up the role as teacher and instructs his class to always be polite and begin the letter ‘How are you?’
The voices of the animals are distinct and the dreams and musings philosophical and gently humorous. This is an extraordinary collection of unusual stories by one of the Netherlands’ most celebrated writers which have been delightfully enhanced by the beautiful illustrations of Jessica Ahlberg.
Toon Tellegen’s animal stories have been translated into 19 languages and are now available in English for a whole new audience to enjoy.The Squirrel’s Birthday and Other Parties is another title available in the series and further titles will be published later in 2011.