“Hello, Dear Enemy!”
Picture Books for Peace and Humanity
A family-friendly exhibit from the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany
On Exhibit now Through September 15, 2019
Families, this exhibit is our most interactive yet for young children!
In scenes straight out of featured children’s books, kids can:
* climb aboard an Alaskan Drift Boat
* hide out in a canvas tent
* drive an electric car into a new future
* steal into an Afghan school for girls
* and more!
As kids play, grown-ups can delve into insightful explorations of how children’s authors tackle tough themes while helping kids build the skills to make friends, understand differences, and resolve conflict.
“Hello, Dear Enemy! Picture Books for Peace and Humanity” is a collection of 65 picture books and more than 40 posters with illustrations and quotes, curated by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany, that explores children’s books from around the world in which characters grapple with tough issues and learn to work through conflict and build relationships across difference.
The Mariposa’s presentation of this exhibit is much more than a collection of children’s books. The museum’s exhibit team has brought the books to life with full-sized, play-ready scenes direct from many of the stories and the walls of the museum have been transformed with murals based on the illustrations in the stories. The scenes, which children are welcome to step into and play in, create an imaginative, immersive, and memorable experience for museum visitors of all ages.
“‘Hello, Dear Enemy!’ explores how authors and illustrators of children’s books create avenues for children and adults alike to acknowledge tensions in the world, acquire tools for understanding cultural differences, and build bridges of friendship and understanding across those differences,” said Mariposa Executive Director Karla Hostetler. “We’re excited to build programs around this exhibit to further explore how artists use their creative work to deepen their own understandings of others and to invite their audiences to do the same.”
The International Youth Library (IYL) introduction to the exhibit concludes: “Many of these books conclude by pointing out paths to a better future, when dividing walls are toppled, enmities overcome and wars have given way to peace. Openness, curiosity and empathy – the message of many of the books – form important foundations for cultures and peoples living together in peaceful, humane ways.”
“Hello, Dear Enemy!” is on exhibit at the Mariposa, located at 26 Main Street in Peterborough, until September 15. Admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 for children (ages 3-16). Members free.