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The Land of Twilight/I skymningslandet

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The Land of Twilight/I skymningslandet

Sometimes mom looks so sad! It’s because of my leg which is hurting and keeping me in bed. But when dawn comes, and mom leaves, Mr Lilyvale arrives. I’ll never forget the first time he came to visit. There was a knock on the window and a very small gentleman in a checkered suit and top hat stepped in. “My name is Mr Lilyvale”, he said, “I’m dancing around a bit on the windowsill to see if there aren’t any children who want to come with me into the Land of Twilight. Maybe you want to?” If I did!

He took me by the hand, and then we flew. Yes, we flew, in the pale blue twilight. Above the oak tree below and high above the city where the lights from the windows started to light up the homes… Now Mr Lilyvale comes and picks me up every day to take me out into the Land of Twilight. Because at dawn, when night falls over the city, everything is so lovely! It doesn’t matter if you have an aching leg or if you’re bedridden, because in the Land of Twlight, you can fly instead!

Astrid Lindgren


Sweden’s most beloved children’s author Astrid Lindgren (1907–2002) is also considered to be one of the most important writers for children throughout the world. Her work has been translated into more than 100 languages, and shortly after her death the Swedish government inaugurated the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) to recognise outstanding international achievement in…

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Marit Törnqvist

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Marit Törnqvist, born 1964, is part Swedish, part Dutch, living in Amsterdam. She studied to become an illustrator at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. In the late 1980’s Marit Törnqvist was commissioned to illustrate herfirst picture book by Astrid Lindgren. Marit Törnqvist is the designer of the set for Astrid Lindgren’s “Story Train” and…

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