Monday, 25 October 2010
that's My World, ABC Wednesday, O for Ot and Sien
"Ot and Sien( pronounce "ot" like in "lot", and "Sien" like "scene") are the main characters in a series of Dutch children's tales that were very popular in the first half of the twentieth century.Ot is a little boy and Sien is a little girl The first series appeared in 1902. The second series followed in 1904. The author acted on the inspiration of Jan Ligthart, who had the intention to expose young people to what he considered a healthy daily family life. The illustrations were made by Cornelis Jetses."
They still are very beautiful even if they are old-fashioned.They are the books I was taught with in such a way that I became a passionate reader.
"After WWII the stories of Ot and Sien gradually went out of fashion and they were often ridiculed for the unrealistic picture they gave of life in the province. A century after their appearance there is a revival in the interest for the publications and in 2004 an exposition was held, focusing mostly on the artwork by Jetses."
These books are not used in schools anymore. Kids prefer Harry Potter now.
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