Travel Series

Our Little Find In Penang

August 16, 2013

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Selamat Hari Raya first of all to everyone that’s celebrating! Hope you’re still in your raya mood, and for those who isn’t, don’t fret because weekend is here to love you. Before all the chaos and busy schedule starts again, my friends and I decided to go to Penang. Boy did we love that place.

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While we were walkingwalkingwalking, we saw a bookshop with a yellow door from across the street. You never (seriously never) say no to a yellow door, so we crossed the street and found out about this little sweet kids bookshop called, Shu.

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We were encouraged to draw on the wall if we know any other languages for the word ‘book’! Sadly, we didn’t.

One book that I loved was thissss one because of it’s abstract shapes, colours, and simplicity. The copy in-store was in chinese, so we couldn’t understand it nor pick up any info. After searching for it online, it is actually by Leo Lionni called Little Blue and Little Yellow. It’s such a simple read with creative illustrations.

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I learned that Lionni actually conceived the book in 1959 while riding on a train with his two young grandchildren when they were starting to act up, so he created a story right then and there with what he had–a magazine. He tore some ads into pieces and began to tell them this story about little blue and little yellow, kind of like a collage.  Once home, he organized the shapes into a simple book structure, and showed it to a publisher friend… and this classic was born.

Oh and also! because Lionni created the colours by tearing up magazines, kids got inspired and wanted to do it as well, like this!