Project: The girl who lost her name

The girl who lost her name is a fairy tale written by one of the Netherlands most prolific and much loved writers, Annie M.G. Schmidt. It was written in the fifties of the 20th century. In the Netherlands that period was characterised by broadly based equality, unlocked doors and a great sense of community.

The girl who lost her name tells the story of the boy Tom, who by accident stumbles upon a girl guarded by a hare. If he asks her name, the girl begins to cry. The hare scolds him for his insensitivity and the boy, who wants to make it up with the girl, sets out to recover her name. His journey brings him to the different areas of Venice, even to Isola di San Michele, Venice’s cemetery island.