Three Poems by Annie M.G. Schmidt

The Fairy-Tale Man I know a fairy-tale writer, a man who starts work each morning as soon as he can. From a quarter past six until two o’clock he’s writing tales about witches, hobgoblins and fairies. From a quarter past two till about six he writes about dashing princes, princesses and knights. Then he sleeps…

‘I LIKE Being Naughty!’

The Work of Annie M.G. Schmidt The writer Annie M.G. Schmidt (1911-) is often affectionately called the Grandmother of the Netherlands; or, if it doesn’t sound too solemn, the Mother of the Fatherland. She owes this title to a combination of talents which it would be hard to find anywhere else. Children’s literature has Astrid…