Back to listNov 28, 2005

SGI Children's Picture Book Exhibition Opens in Edmonton, Canada

Participants at ribbon-cutting for "Read Me a Story!" on October 31 dressed up for "Halloween"

On October 31-November 5, "Read Me a Story!," an exhibit showcasing children's storybooks and folk tales from around the world showed at the City Hall in Edmonton, Canada. The event was cosponsored by the United Nations Association in Canada-Edmonton Branch, Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace and SGI-Canada's Edmonton Region.

More than 1,200 books from 120 countries and regions, selected from over 10,000 gathered, were displayed. Among the highlights were 21 colossal panoramic picture book panels--2 meters by 3 meters--depicting representative stories through larger-than-life drawings and paintings. Mr. Ikeda's children's storybooks, such as The Snow Country Prince, about a young boy and girl in a fishing village in the snow country, who care for an injured swan through the harsh winter, was introduced. Some 600 attended the opening, including Alberta Minister of Community Development Gary G. Mar and many children, parents and schoolteachers. Over 3,000 visited the six-day show.