From left: TVCARIB director Dennis van Putten, reader Gabriel Antuñez, author Loekie Morales and Montessori School teacher Marianne Tefft.
PHILIPSBURG--In association with TVCARIB, Beyond Kultura Events (BKE) Foundation has launched its new video-storybook series, based on the children’s books of BKE founder and author Loekie Morales.
The first of Morales’ books to appear on video is Papito and the Story-Telling Tree, which recalls the history of slavery in the Caribbean.
Originally published in Dutch, English and Papiamentu in 2003, the book and video feature illustrations by the late artist Karen van Doesburg.
The animated video story was recorded and produced by TVCARIB’s director Dennis van Putten and read by 12-year-old Gabriel Antuñez, a pupil at St. Maarten Montessori School, whose poetry appears in BKE’s 2020 anthology Captured by Corona.
Papito and the Story-Telling Tree is to be broadcast on TVCARIBKIDS Story Time this month. The video storybook is available online at www.tvcarib.com.