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Lida Dijkstra

Lida Dijkstra (b. 1961) grew up in Friesland and studied at Leiden University, intending to become a museum curator, art historian and archaeologist. In 1992 she began to write stories, first in Friesian and then also in Dutch. In February 2000 Wolken fan wol appeared, an adaptation of six tales from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The book was selected for the 2002 IBBY Honours List and was published in Dutch in September 2001 by Lemniscaat, as Waiting for Apollo (Wachten op Apollo). This Dutch version was given an honourable mention in 2002 by the Golden Kiss jury, one of the most important youth literature prizes in the Netherlands. Imagination, humour and clear language are the hallmarks of her writing. She won a prize for her Verhalen voor de vossenbroertjes (Stories for the Little Fox Brothers), a surprising and quirky take on the medieval classic Van den vos Reynaerde, the story of Reynard the fox.

Wachten op Apollo

Wachten op Apollo

(Lemniscaat, 2001, 120 pagina's)

Lida Dijkstra’s Waiting for Apollo for teenagers is an ideal intro- duction to ancient Greek and Roman myths, which are as relevant today as they were in their time. The Friesian author has retold six of the stories from Ovid’s famed Metamorphoses in an accessible book for young readers, without destroying the original beauty of this classic masterpiece.

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De ring van koning Salomo

De ring van koning Salomo

(Luitingh-Sijthoff, 2016, 187 pagina's)

There are many stories in the Jewish, Islamic and Arab traditions about the wise King Solomon. Following Solomon’s adage that ‘a good word makes the heart glad’, Lida Dijkstra has distilled out of this tangle a colourful fairy tale that, together with Martijn van der Linden’s beautiful, eloquent full-page illustrations, evokes the atmosphere of the Thousand and One Nights and positively begs to be read out loud.

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