#DutchKidLit – The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt

What a month September was for Kim Tyo-Dickerson. She filled the TD home with Dutch children’s books (in translation and also in the original Nederlands) as she crafted a month’s worth of amazing reviews for the international library community. I was happy to contribute this guest post to her month of #DutchKidLit.

Global Literature in Libraries Initiative

“De brief voor de Koning” image via Trouw

Post by guest author Aaron Tyo-Dickerson from the International School of The Hague.

Dutch author Tonke Dragt was born in 1930 in the city of Batavia in the Dutch East Indies (Jakarta, Indonesia today). Only a year younger than Anne Frank, Dragt’s adolescence was also interrupted dramatically by World War II. Like Frank, Dragt’s family were rounded up and placed into an internment camp by foreign occupiers: the Frank family imprisoned by the Nazis of the Third Riech, the Dragt Family taken into custody by the Empire of Japan.

As a child Dragt was a budding artist and avid reader and while in the Japanese camp she collected and hoarded scraps of paper on which she drew fantastical people, places and things. Without books to read, she began to write stories…

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