Frisian / Netherlands
Het meisje met de rode paraplu en andere verhalen bij kunst in Leeuwarden
(The girl with the red umbrella and other stories about art in Leeuwarden)
Schans, Roelof van der (illus.)
Leeuwarden: Wijdemeer & Aed Levwer, 2015. – 64 p.
(Series: Aed Levwerd; 5)
Text Frisian and Dutch
Leeuwarden | History | Short story
White Ravens issue: 2016
Reading age: 9+
Five renowned Dutch and Frisian children’s book writers have contributed stories concerning twenty-one works of art and buildings in the Frisian city of Leeuwarden. In the first story, we meet a girl with a red umbrella from which the stories fall. Some stories play in the past, some today, and in some past and present intertwine. In each story, a child is the main character, placed in a situation where it is also possible to give some (historical) information without interrupting the narrative flow. Some texts are written in Frisian, others in Dutch. The moving and sometimes humorous illustrations by Roelof van der Schans combine digital photo technique with drawing, which produces a surreal effect. In the artistic pictures, something new can always be found. With the aid of a map of the city and additional information about the works of art and buildings, it is possible to make a special tour through Leeuwarden and to discover all the places described in the stories.