The most famous twentieth-century Dutch writer, Annie M.G. Schmidt was thought of during her lifetime as the “real queen of the Netherlands”. She was a highly original woman with a broad perspective and an unfailing sense of humor. Her radio and TV series, plays and musicals brought her unprecedented popularity. Many of her books have been filmed, and almost everyone in the Netherlands is able to recite at least a line or two from one of her songs or poems. Her children’s books have become a national institution……..
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