A curious nuisance: (Flentonsie) (Paperback)
The story of a sensitive, imaginative little girl who asks far too many questions. When her mother is expecting the ninth baby, Marie is sent to stay with her Grandma and Grandpa. She has to grow up a little so that when she returns home, she can assume her duties and responsibilities in the large, bustling Afrikaner family. Money is scarce, and everyone have to contribute towards keeping the household going. The story is written with gentle humour, reflecting the cultural and historical context of the 1930s in South Africa, through the wisely innocent eyes of a child. Translated from Afrikaans and lovingly illustrated by Nanette Tredoux.
Marie Tredoux was born in 1929 into a large Afrikaner family where there was more love than money. What she lacked in material possessions, she made up for with creativity. Marie trained as a social worker, and also obtained qualifications in speech and drama. Afrikaans language and culture were always very important to her and were reflected in the songs and stories she wrote. Marie was honoured as a "living legend" by the Afrikaans language and cultural society, and at the age of 85, still performs as storyteller and singer.