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The Bear!

My mother-in-law (hello, Jane!) recently found this photograph that she took a long time ago of Voytek the bear, the star of Bibi Dumon Tak’s Soldier Bear, which I translated for Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. After his army adventures, Voytek retired to Edinburgh Zoo, where my mother-in-law met him as a girl. It’s wonderful [...]
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Hoorah for Mikis and the Donkey!

Mikis and the Donkey, written by Bibi Dumon Tak and illustrated by Philip Hopman (and translated by me), won this year’s American Library Association’s Mildred L. Batchelder Award for translated children’s books. Many congratulations to Eerdmans Books for Young Readers and to all involved in creating this great book!
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Mikis and the Donkey

Eerdman Books for Young Readers recently published my translation of Bibi Dumon Tak’s Mikis and the Donkey, beautifully illustrated by Philip Hopman. It’s a lovely little gem of a book about a young boy who teaches his grandfather to take good care of the family’s donkey. The story’s warm and fun and its message about [...]
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A Celebration of Soldier Bear

Thanks very much to my friends Mina Witteman and Rachelle Meyer of the Dutch chapter of the SCBWI for organising a celebration of Soldier Bear, which recently won the Mildred L. Batchelder Award for “the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, [...]
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Soldier Bear on Eerdword

Kathleen Merz, managing editor for Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, has written a very interesting piece on Eerdword, the company blog, about Soldier Bear, the Batchelder, and the Risky Business of Publishing International Literature. Eerdword also kindly posted a blog piece that I wrote about Voytek, my experience of translating Soldier Bear, and why that bear’s [...]
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Batchelder Award for Soldier Bear

I’m absolutely delighted, thrilled, over the moon that the 2012 Mildred L. Batchelder Award “for an outstanding children’s book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States” has gone to Bibi Dumon Tak’s Soldier Bear (original title: Soldaat Wojtek, publ. Querido), which I translated for Eerdmans. A fantastic book and [...]
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