Friday, May 20, 2011

Annie MG Schmidt

We were surprised by Google today.
They showed a nice image of the book of Jip and Janneke, written by Annie MG Schmidt.
It's her 100th birthday... if she would have been alive today.

I know the books of Jip and Janneke very well.
For years the kids wanted me to read a bedtime story from the book.
The adventures of the boy and the girl were very realistic, yet had enough to enjoy them and sometimes teach them to deal with situations.

Jip and Janneke lived in the same neighbourhood and a hole in the hedge gave access to each other's house. They also had a small dog and ofcourse friendly parents who were merely background figures.

The stories were never too stressfull to cause bad dreams or fear to go to sleep.
They were long enough to relax them after a busy day, not long enopugh to make them fall asleep and just good enough to read completely.

Each day one of the kids was allowed to open the book and at that page I started to read.
That is...after the whole book was read already 4 times!

When I hae grandchildren I'm sure they'll enjoy those stories too.
They're timeless.
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