Children victims smiled in hearing stories from picture books

By Kikki - Last updated: 日曜日, 4月 17, 2011 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment
[From Ofunato city-my stricken home town]
-East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Disaster-


3.11 Picture Book Project in Iwate’ 

The nursery school children listened to her reading of picture books attentively.


‘3.11 Picture Book Project in Iwate’ has started, that gives and also reads picture books to children victims in the tsunami caused by East Japan Earthquake.

More than 100,000 picture books, including used ones, have been sent to its office at the Morioka Central Community Center from various places of Japan as well as abroad. Over 7,000 books among them have already brought to the stricken areas.

Interpretive reading of picture books was performed at the nursery school in Sanriku town, Ofunato city on April 16, and about 80 people including their parents were participated in it.

Children sitting on knees of his or her mother smiled while hearing of popular picture books one after another as such ‘Hungry Green Caterpillars’.

 An editor for child books living in Iwate Prefecture proposed the project as ‘mental care for children victims who received emotional wound at the disaster.’  Ms. Chieko Suimori (70) had an experience of helping children victims at the May 2010 Northern Sumatra earthquake while she had worked as one of directors for International Board on Books for Young People.

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