Far Away Across the Sea by Toon Tellegen

Far Away Across the Sea

Written by Toon Tellegen
Illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg

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Discover a whole wealth of extraordinary stories and letters in this new collection of animal tales from Toon Tellegen. Perfectly complemented by Jessica Ahlberg's delicate illustrations, these charming stories will captivate readers of all ages.

A Piece of Passion from David Bennett, Publisher, Boxer Books

When I read the first story in a French edition of the original Dutch volumes of these tales written by Toon Tellegen, I hunted down the English rights and bagged them. When it comes to Toon's writing, it is not an overstatement to say unique, extraordinary, singular, touching, remarkable, exceptional, unforgettable...(one could go on) Combined with Jessica Ahlbergs stunning miniature watercolours - magnificent! What a claim! And so true.


Far Away Across the Sea by Toon Tellegen

The squirrel, the ant, the elephant and friends return in a new collection of short stories from Toon Tellegen. These delightful tales conjure up a magical world where anything can happen: a snail can fly, the sky can turn green and a tree can get up and walk away.


“Toon’s stories are beautifully told, quirky and delightful, with the warmth of the wonderful Pooh stories. Jessica Ahlberg’s illustrations perfectly complement the mood of the writing, they’re a joy!” – Wendy Cooling, MBE, Founder of Bookstart

About the Author

Toon Tellegen

© Image: Klaas Koppe

Toon Tellegen, born in Den Briel in 1941, is considered one of Holland’s finest poets and his work has been awarded many literary prizes. He has published more than twenty collections to date. While he considers himself in the first place a poet, he is also a well-known children’s book writer, whose animal stories delight children and adults alike. In addition he has also written novels for adults and several plays. Tellegen works as a GP and lives in Amsterdam with his wife.

Translations of Tellegen’s poems have been published in reviews and anthologies in the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Russia. His poetry has also been widely published in British and American journals, and has been very well received. One of Tellegen’s collections, In N.., was translated into English and published in 1993 by Cross-Cultural Communications in New York. A more recent collection of translations, About love and about nothing else, has just been completed and will hopefully find a publisher in the not too distant future.

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160 pages
Interest Age: From 5 To 8


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Boxer Books Limited

Publication date

5th August 2010




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