PRINCESS HILDA AND HER FRIENDS
The characters here came before the story. Some years ago, I had the idea of producing a children’s apron with a picture of a princess. This apron became a hit because there are so many little girls and grown women who have a princess living in their hearts, and they are longing for this beauty to be discovered. Each year new characters arrived on the aprons: Susie with the orange hair, a dark-skinned princess, the canny Manfred with a fish in his pocket - and each one of them was likewise a hit.
I was always being asked about the story behind the characters, and after much wrestling with myself I decided to write a story …
This story is not entirely imaginary but has woven into it memories of childhood holidays at the North Sea, scenes from my work with street kids in Asia, and the characters of remarkable children I have encountered over the years.
I have written in the hope that many parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles will pick up this book and read it to the children in their lives, who can then dream their own dreams and tell them.
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