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Bringing back story-telling

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MANY of us would have grown up listening to such adventurous tales as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Where the Wild Things Are and The Lord of the Rings as bedtime stories.

However, in this era of Facebook and Instagram, many have forgotten these childhood classics and their importance in a child’s development.

Bringing the story-telling tradition back is The Story Book, an event space at Plaza Arkadia in Desa ParkCity specially created for storybook-themed activities and performances.

The Story Book Sdn Bhd director Jeanisha Wan said many people, especially the young, hardly read books these days.

“Through our events and activities, we hope to encourage people of all ages to rediscover the magical world of stories within the printed sheets of paper,” said Wan.

“At The Story Book, people do not just read storybooks; they also get to experience the stories with all their senses by listening, watching, performing and participating in interactive activities.”

Wan explained that the idea of having such a space was to give the book-loving community a platform to host readings and other book-related events.

“Many of such activities are currently held in cafés and clubs. However, with The Story book, we hope to provide this community with a space they can call ‘home’ whenever they want to have book gatherings or talks.”

Since its soft opening early last month, The Story Book has organised four events, namely “Beauty and the Beast”, “Reading Romeo and Juliet”, “Discover the Story” and “Alice in Wonderland Tea Party”, catering to both children and adults.

The Story Book also sells ice-cream and buns from its food partners and is home to Bookalicious’ pop-up bookstore.

During the opening ceremony, Perdana ParkCity Sdn Bhd township management general manager Sukhdev Singh said: “I am pleased to welcome The Story Book as one of our latest tenants in Plaza Arkadia. Its unconventional concept of bringing stories from books to life through activities and performances will definitely benefit the community.”

For further information on the space and future events, visit www.thestorybook.my/event.