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Elephants on the drawing board

Elephants on the drawing board

This story goes back to 2013. The making of the last twikga book, Tata & Squack - Mission Elephant. Only recently I went through my old sketchbooks and decided to add some of the pages to this post. For more sketchbook galleries have a look under the tag Sketchbook... The making of the next Tata&Squack was in full progress. The pictures we took during our visit to Samburu, Kenya in 2012...

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Elephants need our children’s voices to survive

Elephants need our children’s voices to survive

Tata&Squack’s second adventure is a story about wild elephants, the largest mammals that walk the surface of the earth. While making this book we realised just how threatened elephants are and that chances are small they will be part of our children’s future. With this book we would like to create awareness of the wild elephants in a child friendly way and help these magnificent animals. To...

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Tata&Squack and the funny parade of baboons

Tata&Squack and the funny parade of baboons

After a lazy afternoon, Tata&Squack are allowed to ride on the back of Noor, the matriarch of the royal family. They are impressed by her skills. She guides the elephants carefully over the plains in search of water and food. Near the hills baboons of all sizes suddenly appear. The males are large and impressive, most of the females have babies clinging to their bellies or sitting on their...

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Voorlezen als belangrijk ritueel en -bonding-moment

Voorlezen als belangrijk ritueel en -bonding-moment

Op woensdag 21 januari begonnen de Voorleesdagen met het Nationaal Voorleesontbijt. Bekende voorlezers op scholen waren onder andere Prinses Laurentien en Eric Corton. Dit jaar was er extra aandacht voor vaders. Deze lezen doorgaans een stuk minder voor dan moeders. Dit blijkt ook uit de cijfers van het onderzoeksbureau Nielsen, dat veel onderzoek doet naar Story-telling and Story-selling....

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Tata&Squack are having a siesta

Tata&Squack are having a siesta

After a muddy time chilling out by the river, Tata&Squack look forward to having a siesta under the lush trees on the riverbank, together with their friend Harry’s and his family. They hope that Harry's big ears can cool them down. Then Squack rummages around in Tata's bag and miraculously he pulls out a ‘pretty wild’ parasol. “Safi, Squack.” It is a peaceful, sleepy time of day. With the...

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The crossing of the bewildered beest

The crossing of the bewildered beest

The Great Wildebeest Migration, is one of the most impressive events in the natural world, whereas more than two million animals migrate back and forth from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya in order to find fresh grass to eat. On their trek their path is cut several times by rivers. Watching the frantic herds crossing can be very spectacular;...

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Royal mud bath with Tata&Squack

Royal mud bath with Tata&Squack

After a refreshing dip into the river Tata&Squack join their new elephant-friend Harry and his family for a mud bath on the riverbank. “Afraid to get dirty, Tata? A mud bath is so much fun and it protects your skin from the sun and stops the bugs from biting you.” “I know that in the wild your skin needs protection, Harry. It looks funny, but this muddy stuff is not my thing.” “I love this...

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De mooiste verhalen willen in Villa Paagman wonen

De mooiste verhalen willen in Villa Paagman wonen

Persoonlijk vind ik het nog altijd heerlijk om in boekwinkels rond te neuzen tussen alle nieuwe en oude boeken, kranten en tijdschriften, gadgets en leesbrillen. Al die verzamelde woorden, ideeën, visies, missies van schrijvers die ze met grote discipline en hard werken op papier hebben gezet. Zo stond niet lang geleden een bezoek van twikga aan Villa Paagman op het programma om Tata&Squack...

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