“The Magic Wedding Cake” book arrives Friday at the library

POSTED: 02/27/13 1:54 PM

St. Maarten – With the “Magic Wedding Cake” book the Beyond Writing Foundation is publishing its eighth book. “This time it is a hard cover, full colored children book as an ode to monuments and especially to ‘The Wedding Cake’, the National Historical Archive building in Willemstad. The book is dedicated to everyone who loves monuments, with great appreciation to all who treasure history, culture and arts”, the foundation’s president Loekie Morales says.

Thanks to the donors Amfo and the Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund (Caribbean) Beyond Writing Foundation has been able to publish a hard cover, full color juvenile book ‘The Magic Wedding Cake/La Mágica Tarta Nupcial’ of the author Loekie Morales and illustrator Tess Verheij. All primary schools of the former Netherlands Antilles islands receive copies of the book for comprehensive reading.

On Friday  at 3.30 p.m. a book delivering ceremony to the primary schools will take place at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library. All the primary schools of the former Islands of the Netherlands Antilles will get enough books with a story that children can relate to. Teachers, students and the public are welcome to attend the festivity.

In the book Storyana, a little girl of 9 years old, who lives at the end of the twentieth century, is going to the Sunday school. Underway an old monument that looks like a wedding cake, captures her attention in a very mysterious way. When she turns the lock of the door, strange and unexpected things happen.  Storyana meets with Indians, conquers and slaves who are fighting for their freedom. Will she manage to find her way back to her own time? Or will she be swallowed by the old building and will never get back?  Read and discover for yourself what the Magic Wedding Cake will bring to Storyana.

Loekie Morales is author of ‘Zonnesproetjes’, ‘Overseas Bloodline’, ‘Papito and the story telling tree’, Selina And The Obeah Woman’, ’Bonte Boel’, ‘Tropisch Nestje’ and ‘Mina Marina’. She was born in Willemstad, very close to the monument The Wedding Cake. Willemstad has quite some beautiful monuments and is therefore designated on the Unesco World Heritage List. Loekie loves to write and loves monuments and particular buildings. She used to play in old desolate buildings in the Scharloo Street and dreamt about beautiful stories.

Tess Verheij is a well known artist on Sint Maarten. She made the paintings for the story. “Illustrating a children’s book is new to me. To paint these pictures I had to dig into this interesting Caribbean history,” she explains.

The book is published in a Dutch/Papiamentu and an English/Spanish edition. The Curaҁao and Bonaire schools for primary education have received their books already. It’s time for the Windward Islands to get their books of De Magische Bruidstaart/E Bolo di Batrei Mágiko, or The Magic Wedding Cake/La Mágica Tarta Nuptial. For information contact Beyond Writing Foundation at 556 27 35 or at beyondwriting@hotmail.com


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