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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)
by Edward van de Vendel
Age Range: 9-11
This charming collection of poems for children from bestselling Dutch poet Edward van de Vendel, pithily translated by David Colmer, includes original illustrations by Fleur van der Weel.
There are 51 poems in total covering a whole host of subjects from washing up, fish, fun, stepladders, cars, eyebrows, plasters, chickens, mittens, wrinkles and spit. Do cats make plans? Where do all the loose hairs go? How a telephone works, being tucked into bed at night, and one guppy fish who managed to survive a cat invasion to having fun at the beach.
“The sun’s made all the grown-ups droop –
they’ve wilted like limp Lettice.
Six mothers on a bed of sand,
I think they need a helping hand.
We told you not to wet us!”
Van de Vendel has produced a down to earth, playful and contemporary poetry collection about home life that will appeal to young readers.
At the back of the book it includes some specially-created bonus content such as information about the author, translator and illustrator, ‘Learn Some Dutch’ and ‘Write Your Own Poems’.