Saturday, November 1, 2014

Festival Sastera Kanak-Kanak Launch

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?

The launch.

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!

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