Meindert De Jong was born in 1906 and came to the United States when his parents emigrated from the Netherlands to Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1914. A gifted storyteller, he graduated from Calvin College in 1928 and began his literary career in 1938 with the publication of The Big Goose and the Little White Duck. Meindert De Jong won the most prestigious awards offered in the U.S. for children's literature, including the Newbery Medal in 1955 and the National Book Award in 1969. In 1962, he became the first American to win the international Hans Christian Andersen Award. Walt Disney Studios dramatized Hurry Home, Candy in 1962, and Far Out the Long Canal in 1969. He ultimately published 27 books, with 25 of them being translated into 22 languages. Meindert De Jong died in 1991. A Conversation with Meindert De Jong is hosted by long-time friend, Clarence Hogeterp.
-Calvin College Days
DVD video approx. 38 minutes, 4:3 aspect ratio
Dolby Digital 2.0 English audio, with English subtitles
Interview originally recorded in 1986.
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