Once upon a time there was a little Dutch kabouter who was highly sensitive whose adventures helped lots and lots and lots of Dutch speaking children (and their parents, carers and teachers) understand why they behave as they do. His name is Langmuts and he helped so many Dutch speakers that his creator thought maybe he should help English speaking children too. And so I am delighted to share that Langmuts has now got an English cousin – Long Hat.
“Long Hat is a Hero” is now available in English (on Amazon.co.uk only at present). And I couldn’t be more excited. I translated the book from Dutch to English – and it is the most exciting project I have worked on to date. Why? Because Langmuts has a very special place in my heart.
Five years ago Langmuts came into our lives –not long after we had discovered that my eldest is a highly sensitive child. A friend recommended the Langmuts series and so I ordered a copy of ‘Langmuts is een Held’.
My son was mesmerised by the story. He recognised himself in Langmuts, even at such an early age and it was because of this book that he started to understand that seeing, hearing, smelling and feeling more than other children had its advantages. (Being the first of us to spot a deer in the dunes whilst out walking was another occasion we could reinforce how wonderful it is to have more sensitive senses……)
We collected the whole series and it sits proudly on a wooden bookshelf in our living room. The series tackles high sensitivity in school, going on holiday and at parties – and every book resonated not just with my sons but with me too. I saw traits recognisable in my sons illustrated in the books. So Langmuts captured my heart and the whole series is an amazing resource.
And then, a year or so ago Josina Intrabartolo contacted me and asked me if I thought there was a place in the UK market for an English version of Langmuts. My answer was unreservedly yes. Without a doubt. She then asked if I would be interested in translating it. It’s a bit like a Pirates of the Caribbean fan being asked if they’d like to work with Johnny Depp on a project. Right? 🙂 I was of course THRILLED!
Coincidentally one afternoon, whilst I was still full-on busy with the translation of the book, I spotted 2 Langmuts books on my middle son’s teacher’s desk – I was thrilled to see it in my children’s school and seriously had to stop myself dancing around and sharing that I was working on an English version of the BOOK SITTING ON HER DESK! A parent had brought them in for her to read as she recognised her son in the book. That’s the pull of Langmuts for you!
So here we are, many months and a few editing rounds later, the publication of a book that has a lot of love and passion poured into it: Long Hat is a Hero.
Long Hat is a Hero is aimed at children between 4 and 8 (though my 9 year old is still an avid listener) and is full of positive messages about being highly sensitive:
Gnome Long Hat feels sad. He doesn’t understand why he’s more easily overwhelmed than the other gnomes. When his friend Little Owl explains to him that he sees, hears, smells and feels more than the others, he comes up with a clever plan. But he soon realises exactly how useful it is to be able to experience the world around him so intensely!
If you have a highly sensitive child then this story book is an absolute must have on your book shelf.
Here’s where you can get your hands on a copy of Long Hat is a Hero:
For those of you in the Netherlands the best place to order your copy is from Scrivo Media – (postage is free from €12.50)
For those of you in the UK and beyond head to Amazon.co.uk for your copy.