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  Travelling exhibition of illustrated fairy tales for kids


KATHMANDU: Be it fairy tales or magical-realist tales or true stories or spine chillers, children’s stories come alive at the ‘Travelling Exhibition Of Illustrated Children’s Literature’ that started at Yala Maya Kendra, Patan on February 19.

The exhibition consists of illustrations of 24 children stories on display in 24 rectangular boxes. Each box contains two or more illustrations of a story. As a picture is worth a thousand words, each box of illustrations tells a story.

“Illustration for children is an art form,” states writer Sally Altschuler, who initiated to bring the exhibition to Nepal in association with the Danish Center for Culture and Development (DCCD).

Stories of Danish authors like Hans Christian Andersen, Andreas Braestrup Kristen, Christian Weise, Hanne Kvist among others accompanied by illustrations by Otto Dickmeiss, Rasmus Bregnhoi, Jakob Martin Strid to name a few are being displayed here. From simple illustrations to cartoon-like to surreal illustrations, a variety occupy the venue.

For instance, the story The Red Shoes by Andersen has been told with four illustrations. The story is about a harsh tale of a poor girl Karen who is later obsessed and guided by a pair of red shoes leading her to lose her feet. And it has been shown with a girl in four stages, from growing craziness for the shoes to losing her precious feet. There are many such illustrations to enjoy at the exhibition.

Stories of Hamlet, The Snow Queen, When Bernard Shot A HoLe In The Sky, Finn Herman are the other stories that are being told through pictures here.

With an innovative way of storytelling, Altschuler believes the exhibition helps “strengthening the abilities of children to take in and to express them” adding that children can be creative with it. While event coordinator, Shrijana Singh Yonjan shares her experience of the exhibition as, “With the exhibition of illustrations and their story books, children can think out of the box. They can also return to reading.”

Along with the exhibition, storybooks of the exhibits are also on display.

The exhibition is on till February 24.

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