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Jip & Janneke in English!

Hello there!

I was quiet for a long time, right? I had many reasons (work, in particular). But now… Let me introduce the Dutch children’s book I’ve already mentioned before.

It’s Jip and Janneke, by Annie M. G. Schmidt and Fiep Westendorp who are “the uncrowned queens of Dutch children’s literature”.

Jip and Janneke
Jip and Janneke, written by Annie M. G. Schmidt, illustrated by Fiep Westendorp.
Original title: Jip en Janneke (deel I: Poppejans gaat varen en andere verhalen). Translated by David Colmer. Amsterdam Antwerpen Em. Querido’s Uitgeverij BV, 2011.

These two Netherlands’ preschoolers, Jip’s dog Weenie and Janneke’s cat Sippy seem to be the most famous characters from Dutch books for children.

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The Very Funny Caterpillar

Hello, dear readers!

I’m sure you all know The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a children’s picture book by Eric Carle. And I’m also sure you all don’t know The Very Funny Caterpillar by… Who? Well, by the Nature!

The Very Funny Caterpillar

I met it last summer in a park. Suddenly it was walking on my hand, and it was pretty small, green and fast. I wanted to take a picture of it but I had to get on a bus, so… I took it with myself.

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Bookworm in the Netherlands

Hello, folks!

It’s spring. Repeating. It’s spring.

Tulips in Amsterdam
Tulips in Amsterdam

As you know, I love travelling. And books. And taking pictures. Last spring I visited Netherlands. So, today I’d love to share my Dutch memories with you.

First, let me say – yes, this post is going to be especially about books and other bookish things I found there, in Holland. You know, book actually is all around.

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Wuthering Heights; A Bookworm’s Trip in Pictures

Yesterday I was with my friend who’s going to the Netherlands. She wanted to visit Hukvaldy Castle, and so we went there together. It was a beautiful sunny day but still it’s cold out there, and trees are naked…

As it was International Women’s Day yesterday, I took my old Czech version of Wuthering Heights (1847) by Emily Brontë, and remembered the one and only story there, in wuthering heights. If you like it, remember it with me.

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How Little Mole Cured Little Mouse

Hello there!

I was thinking – let’s talk about the famous Czech fairy tale character Little Mole by Zdeněk Miler again. I’ve got a special reason for it. A super special lovely one.

The Little Mole

The reason is my brother’s daughter. Yes, my lovely little Jedi princess Tara Leia (my brother is crazy about Star Wars by George Lucas) who was born only three weeks ago. A few hours after the Valentine’s Day!

I was honored to meet her last Saturday, and of course, I was absolutely eager to give her a book. So, I’ve decided to give her a Little Mole book, and two Little Mole finger-puppets because for children the Little Mole is as necessary as mother’s milk. (If you want, read about kids’ books and puppets here. If you don’t understand Czech, you can follow the pictures.)

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Dear readers,
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Thank you, and enjoy!

“Follow the yellow brick road!”

zpívají Mlaskalové v americkém filmu The Wizard of Oz (1939) a malá Dorotka, přenesena tornádem do daleké země, se vydává po cestě dlážděné žlutými cihlami za čarodějem ze země Oz, který jí pomůže vrátit se domů, do Kansasu.

The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz. Photo © 1998 Warner Bros.

Snímek natočený podle pohádky The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900), jejímž autorem je americký spisovatel L. Frank Baum, letos slaví 75. výročí a tvůrci z amerického Hollywoodu na něj nezapomínají. “We are delighted to celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved movies of all time at this year’s Oscars,” prohlásili producenti Craig Zadan a Neil Meron. Jak taková oslava starého, leč stále milovaného filmu vypadá, zjistíme v noci z neděle na pondělí 3. března.

Česká vydání knihy? Zklamání

Hledala jsem česká vydání příběhu a byla hrozivě zklamaná. Vždycky jsem si myslela, že Čaroděj ze země Oz (1900) patří spolu s Alenkou v říši divů (1865) a Petrem Panem (1904) k nejdůležitějším dílům světové literatury pro děti. Čteme je a předáváme mladším generacím. Jenže české vydání knihy jako by téměř nebylo.

Alenka vyšla česky několikrát, naposledy s ilustracemi Jitky Bokové v nakladatelství Argo. S Petrem Panem je to u nás komplikovanější, ovšem příběh převyprávěný Pavlem Šrutem a ilustrovaný Jiřím Běhounkem, který vydalo nakladatelství Albatros v roce 1997, je překrásný. A Čaroděj ze země Oz? Nějaká vydání by tu byla, to ano. Tedy nějaká. Taková všelijaká.

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Shakespeare Is Watching You

Shakespeare is watching you.
A bookmark I bought in the Shakespeare’s Globe. I call it “Shakespeare is watching you”. Everytime I see it, I remember the absolutely gorgeous time I had in London a year ago, and everytime I see it, I promise myself: “Yes, yes, I’ll travel again.”

New work week! New work week!

Oh, cool. I’m so tired.

But–

All my dreams come true. My friend is going to the Netherlands, and she invited me to visit her. I was there last year but couldn’t see all places I’d love to. This will be a very beautiful trip, I suppose. And–

My another friend is going to the United Kingdom in summer, and she invited me to visit her. (I think all my friends are angels.) She’d love to see Pemberley (aka Lyme Park), so it’s possible we’ll visit it together. Finally.

This is what I live for now.

I couldn’t write for Bookworm’s Diary because I was too busy at work (again). Hope it’ll be better very soon. I’ve got so many things, and books to write about, and so many beautiful movies are at the cinemas! Wherever you are, whatever you do, be happy, and let your dreams come true ’cause Shakespeare is watching you.

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Love Story

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It’s October 18th 2009. I’m writing into my diary: “I wish I meet a guy with whom I’ll live happily ever after – if it is God’s will, of course.“ In the end of the record I drew the moon and star.

I always drew the moon and star at that time. I liked it. It was kinda dreamy, and fairy tale ending to me. How could I know that this tiny little drawing will change my life forever?

A month later He came into my life.

Finally, I can share everything I love. If I say that my favourite blogger follows me, he’s excited. If I say that we should buy more Turkish kids’ books, he’s excited. If I say that I might write about kids’ books for a magazine, he’s excited. If I say that the black guy from Twilight movie is more handsome than the pale one, he says: “I didn’t want to tell you, but – you know, I’m Indian.“

I love him. He’s the One. The One who comes from the land of the moon and star.

Happy Valentine’s Day!