My altered Book for children!
I found an idea in the phrase that impressed me the most. That's the keyword of one of the stories described in Neil Gaiman's Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming.
“We need our children to climb the reading ladder. Whatever your children love to read, they will develop literacy, step by step. "
It is said that babies express their thoughts in pictures around ten months after birth, almost the same time as when they first stand up. I got an idea here and decided to make an altered book as a parenting book that was no longer needed as the child grew up. This book is thick, sturdy and beautiful to make into art. I set the beginning of this work as 10 months, the period when I first expressed it in pictures. Currently, I am working on making a picture book using summer vacation with my students. I want to give them their ladder to climb to their dreams through books.
I looked around for materials to make an altered book. First of all, in my eyes, plastic ladder and lights for Christmas decorations that I no longer need have come in. And there was a brown box like an egg box left over from buying the coffee machine. I put a book in this brown box and started working.
I did this work with my child.
My daughter and I rolled the book into a rainbow shape and expressed the colors of the rainbow with watercolor paint. I used the vacation to make a picture book with my talented students. I cut the characters out of the picture book with scissors and inserted them between the rainbows. My daughter carefully rearranged them, explaining the meaning of the characters.
If we turn on the light bulb like this, the rainbow in the book will light up brightly, and the characters my daughter has inserted will shine brightly. Children will achieve their dreams through reading using the red ladder we have built. This is an altered book named Ladder of Reading that makes dreams come true.
This collection of stories about life-changing books tells the incredible drama of how people from all walks of life lose, get help, and change their lives with different kinds of books. It is as if the light shines through the book they read and illuminates people's darkness. Reading is to discover the light of life in this way.
After listening to my explanation, my daughter brought an stick and made a small pencil and put it in a cabinet next to the rainbow. Reading and writing have power, she tells me quietly.
Myungja Anna Koh