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Salomon Kroonenberg

Salomon Kroonenberg, Dutch writer

The Dutch programme at the International Book Fair in Beijing was cunn... >>> read more

Kai Kang

Kai Kang, Journalist China Reading Weekly

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Ingrid and Dieter Schubert

Ingrid and Dieter Schubert, Dutch illustrators

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Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

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Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

Big excitement today since we were finally meeting with Songyu from Fl... >>> read more

Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

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Thomas Möhlmann

Thomas Möhlmann, Staff member Dutch Foundation for Literature

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Ingrid and Dieter Schubert

Ingrid and Dieter Schubert, Dutch illustrators

It’s now the third day, and the first one with plenty of sun. Un... >>> read more

Kai Kang

Kai Kang, Journalist China Reading Weekly

What a great opportunity to learn about the Dutch literature for Chine... >>> read more

Salomon Kroonenberg

Salomon Kroonenberg, Dutch writer

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Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

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Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

The jewel in the crown of our collection of Arbeiderspers titles publi... >>> read more

Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

The Chinese publishers I have met during the course of my career, the ... >>> read more

Salomon Kroonenberg

Salomon Kroonenberg, Dutch writer

I have so far never been to a book fair. Nor do I know what to imagine... >>> read more

Kai Kang

Kai Kang, Journalist China Reading Weekly

Since 2006, I began writing about the Netherlands’ performance a... >>> read more

Henk Pröpper

Henk Pröpper, Director Dutch Foundation for Literature

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Henk Pröpper

Henk Pröpper, Director Dutch Foundation for Literature

In two weeks’ time, the official opening of one of the largest b... >>> read more

Ramsey Nasr

Ramsey Nasr, Dutch poet

Ramsey Nasr (b. 1974, Rotterdam) is a poet and author, actor and direc... >>> read more


Laurentien van Oranje

Laurentien van Oranje

  • HRH Laurentien of the Netherlands - Lecture
    Date: Fri 2 September Time: 11:00 am Venue: BIBF

Life and work

Princess Laurentien holds a Master’s degree (Journalism) from the University of Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree (Political Science) from the University of London. She holds senior functions at prestigious environmental organizations (European Climate Foundation, WWF and Fauna & Flora International). She also initiated and writes the Mr Finney book series, for which she works together with illustrator Sieb Posthuma. The best-selling books are parables, inspired by real-life world events: Mr Finney and the world turned upside-down (2009) and Mr Finney and the other side of the water (2011). Children identify themselves with Mr Finney´s perceptive but non-judgmental way of discovering the world. Mr Finney thus stimulates dialogue between children and adults. To this end, Princess Laurentien initiated the Missing Chapter Foundation to develop projects on inter-generational dialogue on sustainability between decision-makers and younger generations.
Princess Laurentien is deeply engaged in illiteracy issues for many years and in 2004 she founded the Reading and Writing Foundation. She is UNESCO´s Special Envoy on Literacy for Development and chairs the European Commission High Level Group on Literacy.

Mr Finney and the World Turned Upside-down

Mr Finney often sits on the bottom branch of his favorite tree, philosophizing with his best friend Snail. Their quiet lives change with the sudden arrival of Pinky Pepper, an adorable flying creature who prefers to ‘glimp’ around the world at great speed. On her SuperBeeBee she shows pictures of cities, oceans, jungles, ice-caps and a mysterious flag, which makes Mr Finney curious about the world beyond his garden. The images trigger Mr Finney’s curiosity about the world outside his garden. He has endless questions, but before he knows it, Pinky Pepper has already disappeared. To find answers, Mr Finney decides to go on a journey of adventures and unexpected situations. He meets all kinds of animals and thus learns that ‘if you ask questions, you´re never alone’. He also learns that ‘solutions are often closer-by than you think’.

Translation in Chinese

  • Oranje, Laurentien van, & Posthuma, Sieb [(Mr. Finney en de wereld op zijn kop)] Chinese: Beijing, 21st Century Publishing House, 2011.

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