The 12th of November 2007 Vietnamese and Danish writers and illustrators departed from Hanoi for the third Story Express in a bus packed full of children’s books. The delegation will visit the provinces Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Ha Tinh, where they will meet children of all ages and share with them their favourite stories and children’s books.
When saying goodbye to the delegation, Ambassador Peter Lysholt Hansen stressed the importance of children’s literature, which strengthens children’s imagination and critical sense.
“Imagination and creativity is an approach to life and so important for children, when growing up. Creative thinkers with vivid imaginations learn that problems often have many different solutions. When they encounter an obstacle, they find a way around – rather than giving up.
These are important qualifications in the modern globalized world, where it is no longer enough to learn one’s tables by heart. Flexibility and creativity is most required from employers all over the world.”
The Fairytale Express was launched in 2005, on the occasion of the 200-year anniversary of the Danish writer of fairytales, H.C. Andersen. Just like last year, it is now not only the fairytales of H.C. Andersen, which will be read aloud and presented to the children in Vietnam’s provinces. There is also new children’s literature, Vietnamese as well as Danish, on the bus.
The Fairytale Express is part of a cultural programme for children’s literature supported by the Embassy of Denmark, with the overall aim to support the development of Vietnamese children’s literature by strengthening the capacity of Vietnamese authors and illustrators as well as promoting the use of children’s books in education in schools and within the family.