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Children’s illustrations take readers to the world


Two illustrations from the book “Jack and the Beanstalk,” by Ekatherina Sillina.

Through illustrations from fairy tales and popular children’s books, readers catch a glimpse of the cultures where the stories originated.
Families will be able to see the best of these pictures starting this month at the Hangaram Design Museum in Seoul, where Guyhong&Company has put together “A Journey with Illustrations.” The exhibit features illustrations from children’s books that have won the hearts of readers worldwide.
Illustrations range from simple classics to creative three-dimensional works by 15 famous European illustrators. They include originals from “Gingerbread Man,” “Turtle and Island,” and “Jack and the Beanstalk.” The work of Korea’s young generation of illustrators are also part of the exhibition.
A unicorn comes to life and strokes the feet of a giant in Ingrid Gordon’s “Le Voyage de Geant,” allowing young audiences to interact with the fairy-tale characters in their imaginations.
With stories and illustrations from around the world, the exhibition provides insight into different cultures and traditions. From the lives of Eskimo children in “The Hungry Giant of the Tundra,” to a depiction of Papua New Guinea in “Turtle and Island,” the pictures reflect various values and customs. One story that touches on a variety of cultures is Phileas Fogg’s adventure in “Around the World in 80 Days.”
Audiences will also be able to observe the process by which illustrators and editors work, from the brainstorming stage to final touches before publication. Guyhong&Company intends to familiarize the audience with the world of illustration, and provide information on becoming an illustrator.
Besides this, interactive programs await young participants. In “Magic Picture,” participants will all draw on a big piece of paper and create an illustration as a team.


The works of 15 European illustrators are on display at the Hangaram Design Museum at Seoul Arts Center. Provided by Guyhong&Company

On Thursdays, bookmaking events will allow participants to leave with books of their own. Puppet shows, quiz games, and storytelling sessions by Tom Tit Tot, a character from Svetlana Ushukova’s book of the same name, during the weekend will be delightful for young readers and adults alike.
The exhibition runs from April 5 to May 25, except April 30. Hours are between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. The entrance fee is 8,000 won. For more information, call (02) 3143-4360, or visit

By Choi Hae-won Contributing Writer []
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