Travel the world through children's books

An exhibition featuring a wide collection of children's books from all around the world opened its doors in downtown Seoul last week. 

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of its establishment, the Korea Foundation (KF) launched the exhibition "Encounter the World Through Children's Books," featuring 400 children's books in 28 languages from 44 countries. The exhibit will run from April 27 through to June 8 at the KF Gallery.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Korea Foundation opens 'Encounter the World Through Children's Books,' an exhibition featuring 400 children's books in 28 languages from 44 countries. Books such as 'I Want My Hat Back' from Canada (left), 'Star and Poppy Seeds' from Ukraine (center) and 'A Week Full of Saturdays ' from Germany will be available to young readers.

At the show, visitors can explore books in two sections: "Explore the World with Children's Books" and "The Little Prince in a Variety of Languages." 

The first section takes readers on a journey around the world as they discover different books and their countries of origin. Here, readers can find books from diverse cultures, ranging from "The War that Changed Rondo" from Ukraine, "Tap, Tap, Tap" from Iran, "I Want My Hat Back" from Canada and the Moomin series from Finland. 

The second section introduces children to the familiar story of "The Little Prince" in 14 different languages. By engaging with the text through various educational activities, children can learn to appreciate the differences and similarities that exist between the various translations and the world's cultures. 

The exhibit 'Encounter the World Through Children's Books' also features a special book-reading program where ambassadors to Korea from 26 countries will read books in their own language to groups of children. The Swedish tale 'Pippi Longstocking' (left), the Ukrainian story 'The War that Changed Rondo' (center) and the Spanish version of 'The Little Prince' are some of the books that may be read at the event.

During the exhibition, there will also be a special book-reading program whereby ambassadors to Korea from 26 different countries will read books in their own language to groups of young children. The stories will be translated into Korean with added dramatization. The program is intended for children between six and 12, with 30 children allowed in per reading. Parents will need to sign up for the program via the link provided at the Korea Foundation website, provided below. Reservations for larger groups can be made by calling 02-2151-6520.

The KF Gallery will also be hosting the "World Through Magic" program on May 5, Children's Day. Other events throughout the rest of the month include film screenings of cartoons from around the world, as well as face painting and the taking of Polaroid pictures, among other things. 

More information about the exhibition and other related programs can be found at the link below.


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