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Little Train Goes Home
Editor: Müren Beykan
Can dreams fit into a train coach?
Behiç Ak is master of humour, whose “Cheerful Stories” series for the age group 5-8 has already become a classic in Turkish children’s literature. Little Train Goes Home is his second novel for the age group 8-12, after his many award winning first novel Hurray for the Brotherhood of Ç!. In this joyful yet thought provoking new book, he’s telling the rebirth story of a village that lost its joy and villagers finding a new way to return to life for making a dream come true. The novel cites important social and personal issues such as property relations, the joy of life and working together to reach a common goal, with a humorous plot and attractive illustrations. The story glorifies the imagination power of children and their way of perceiving life as a story, while underlining the leadership and creativity of women. With its colourful characters, hopeful story and lively illustrations this book promises a joyful reading experience for all!
After shut down of the coal mine in their small village long time ago, villagers have forgotten the joy of being productive. Holed up in their houses, they seem to have lost all their hope for life. One day, a woman named Münevver comes out of nowhere, with all of her belongings burdened on her donkey. Her dreams seem to be much crazier than even the the dreams of little daydreamer boy, Ilyas. Causing a big sensation in the village, Münevver starts to knock on the doors of villagers together with Ilyas. Would they be able to bring the village back to life again?..
Behiç AkHe was born in Samsun and studied architecture in Yıldız University and İstanbul Technical University. He’s a well-known cartoonist, author, illustrator, and documentary film director. He draws daily cartoons for Cumhuriyet Newspaper since 1982. His cartoons were exhibited in several countries like Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. Besides his plays Separation (Ayrılık) and Building (Bina), his two other plays Fault Line (Fay Hattı) and City for One (Tek Kişilik Şehir) were staged in Europe and attracted big interest. The documentary film he produced and directed in 1994, […]
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