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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)
Far Away Across the Sea
by Toon Tellegen
Age Range: 6-8
Following on from Letters to Anyone and Everyone and The Squirrel’s Birthday and Other Parties this is another charming collection of 19 short stories by Dutch author Toon Tellegen about a whole host of animals including Squirrel, Ant, Mussel, Elephant, Grasshopper, Snail, Bear, Mole and many others.
There’s the thrush who couldn’t find the right note when singing at the cricket’s party, or the mosquito who eats his hat and Squirrel’s letter from the bird of paradise. Each animal voice is distinct and the tales are full of warmth, philosophical musings and gently humour. 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.