Henna Goudzand Nahar

Henna Goudzand Nahar (b. 1953) was born in Suriname and settled in the Netherlands in the late 1980s. She worked as a Dutch teacher and wrote on a freelance basis for various magazines. In the 1990s, she began writing children’s books, such as De Bonistraat. Her picture book De stem van Bever, with illustrations by Jeska Verstegen, has been published in English, French and German. Goudzand Nahar has also written stories for the Dutch version of Sesame Street and novels for adults, such as Hele dagen in de regen (De Geus).

Op de rug van Bigi Kayman

Op de rug van Bigi Kayman

(Querido Kind, 2021, 56 pagina's)

How do you write about the history of slavery for younger readers of 7 and up? Henna Goudzand Nahar does so by steering clear of the vast background story about the transatlantic slave trade. And she also doesn’t mention that it was white people who enslaved black people en masse. This can only be deduced from Hedy Tjin’s expressive felt-tip illustrations.

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