Instilling love for nature in kids


Abyan and Landemaine (right) during the storytelling session.

AN ART workshop organised by Anak Rimba Books to pay tribute to Earth Hour 2018 and the Northern White Rhino was held in Ilham Gallery Gift Shop KLCC.

Attended by children and their parents, the event included a storytelling session by the authors of the book Why Don’t I Look Like You.

Other than celebrating Earth Hour, the tribute to the White Rhino was to highlight the death of Sudan, the world’s last male Northern White Rhino on March 19 at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.

“Using an art-workshop format that involves kids and themes relating to conservation and nature, we hope to cultivate a generation that cares for the well-being of our earth and its animals. Our aim is to empower the children at a young age, teaching them early that they can make a difference through their awareness,” Why Don’t I Look Like You co-author Abyan Junus said.

A brief video on climate change was also screened followed by a short talk on endangered animals such as the tapir and rhino.

The workshop concluded with the storytelling session.

Why Don’t I Look Like You tells the story of baby tapir Timo, who was born not looking like his mother. He later goes on a journey with his mother in search of other animals that are unique and different.

“It is a story of self-love and discovery and also teaches kids that being different is a good thing after all,” said co-author Farah Landemaine.

“This is the second time we organised an art-workshop. We also go on jungle walks with NGOs such as the Malaysia Nature Society) to re-connect children with nature,” she added.

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