“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” –J.K. Rowling
Stories not only help children develop empathy and cultivate imaginative and divergent thinking. They also bring facts to life and make the abstract concrete. To foster the skills of listening and reading, an interactive story session was held for our young dipsites of class II with Ms. Evi Triantafyllides in collaboration with ‘Books en Beyond’ on Thursday, 16th December, 2021. Ms. Evi Triantafyllides comes from Cyprus and is a famous author of children’s books like ‘A Marvelous Mexican Misunderstanding’, ‘China’s Child’. She is also the CEO of Worldwide Buddies, an educational start up that creates picture books and toys that celebrate diversity.
The session started with the author, Evi Triantafyllides talking about her book ‘Book of Cultures’ which is a collection of short stories about different countries and has characters from all over the world. She read excerpts from the book. First was a story about a girl called Aqueela who belonged to the island nation of Maldives and how she tries to save her country from the rising water level due to global warming. This narration was followed by students sharing their ideas to save the environment from global warming. She also read a story about a young girl named Sharlock who is from Canada and how she shares the sweet delicacy of Canada ‘maple syrup’ with everyone in her country. Evi also spoke about the character from India, a girl named Neha. She asked the students what they would like to tell their buddies across the world about their amazing country India. The students came up with vivid, varied and excellent responses. In the end she shared what inspired her to become an author. Overall, it was a great learning experience and the students enjoyed every minute of the session.