I was at the Festival Sastera Kanak-Kanak last Thursday to witness the launch of Samsung KidsTime. As a proud sponsor of the Children's Literature Fest, Samsung had a fairly sizable booth in the Gallery Hall. They booth was carpeted with faux grass, it was like standing in a field! They decorated the booth beautifully with bright posters and images, even I was enticed by it as soon as I entered the hall. They also had a kids activity table, equipped with tablets that had the Samsung KidsTime application pre-loaded in them. There was also a similar adult activity table for the older kids and parents to tryout and explore the application as well.
|Samsung KidsTime booth.|
|How can you say no to these informational pamphlets and posters. So attractive!|
|Kiddy sized chairs for the kids activity table. Heh, good thing I didn't bring Aiden; if not we would probably be here all day!|
|Tablets installed at the kiddy table.|
As part of the launch, Mr Gerald Cai - Head of Learning, Media Solution Centre for Southeast Asia, conveyed a brief welcome and gave a live demonstration of the application. After the Q&A session, he welcomed Kota Buku as organizers of Festival Sastera Kanak-Kanak, to give a short speech.
I have to admit, I was impressed with the role of Kota Buku as advocates of future books. I'm sure the first thing that comes to your mind would be e-Books, correct? (Mine too!) But in fact, Kota Buku explained that e-Books are not future books, they are actually current books. So Kota Buku works towards progressive books and apps for the future. Hmm.. sounds a lot like Samsung KidsTime, right?
|Why, hello Mr Gerald!|
After the launch, I walked around the fest and visited the booths. And look at what I scored! Brilliant book, hands down. This Belajar Solat book uses Upin and Ipin as characters to demonstrate to kids how to pray. There is even a version for girls which uses Kak Ros as the book's main character. The book is very comprehensive - it shows you how to take wuduk, the doa for wuduk, how to pray, surah to read during prayers and zikir - complete with pictorial images.
When I brought it home, Aiden insisted that I read the whole book to him - cover to cover. Unfortunately, since the book was in Malay I had to translate everything spontaneously for him. The book is currently in his school bag because he wants to show it to his friends and his Ustazah.
|Belajar Solat with Upin and Ipin.|
|Loving the book!|
So have you made your way to the Festival Sastera Kanak-Kanak yet? It's going to end tomorrow so jom jom, let's go!