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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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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 […]
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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 an […]
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