Toon Tellegen: Celebrated Dutch Author of Children's Books |

Toon Tellegen, born Antonius Otto Hermannus Tellegen on 18 November 1941, is a renowned Dutch writer, poet, and physician. He is best known for his children's books featuring anthropomorphized animals, particularly those about an ant and a squirrel. His writings captivate not only children but also adults, thanks to the amusing, bizarre situations he creates and the philosophical subjects he explores.

In recognition of his lasting contribution as a children's writer, Tellegen was a finalist for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2006.



Toon Tellegen was born in Brielle, the Netherlands. He studied medicine at the University of Utrecht and worked as a general practitioner in Amsterdam. After writing primarily for adults for many years, Tellegen transitioned to children's stories. His first children's book, written in 1984, was titled "Er ging geen dag voorbij: negenenveertig verhalen over de eekhoorn en de andere dieren" (English: "Not A Day Went By: forty-nine tales of the squirrel and other animals"). In these stories, the ant and the squirrel often take center stage, with many of his tales delving into philosophical concepts.


Tellegen continues to write to this day, enchanting readers with his unique blend of whimsy and wisdom.


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