This is a story about an old man who wanted children to dream bigger.
- Book Intro
This is a story about an old man who wanted children to dream bigger. As the president of a shoe company and successful business man, the old man wanted people to enjoy a culture that enriched the mind and soul through books. So he opened a library for children who were too poor to read books. "Inpyo Library for Children" in Sanggye, Seoul, is Korea's first private library for children. The laughter of children changed the atmosphere of the neighborhood. The story of Yi Inpyo, the old man of the library, has now been told in a children's book written by Choi Jeehye, who worked at Inpyo Library for Children. After succeeding as a businessman, Yi Inpyo started building a library for children. With the hope that it would help growing children find their place on the global stage, he began to build a library. Yi Inpyo also built libraries in areas of China and the former Soviet Union where his Korean countrymen resided. To children from poor families, these libraries were treasure rooms that helped them dream, and playgrounds to those who were neglected by their parents. The preciousness of books, taught by the old man of the library, made them embrace the world. Readers will be able to feel the warmth of a successful businessman for society. While it is sad that some of Yi Inpyo's libraries have closed, the story of his love for books and children continues to resonate with many people.
- About the Author
I like picturebooks; I like to play with children; I like the stars, wind, trees, birds and sky. Now, in the foothills of the rugged mountains of Ganghwa-do, I run the ‘Baramsoop Picturebook Library’ and play well with picturebooks, children and nature. I write picturebooks for children while I meet children in the library, and I also translate picturebooks from other countries. I dream of everyone in the world embracing picturebooks in their hearts.
Eum Joungwon (F) studied Painting in college, then entered the mountains in Pocheon, Gyeonggi Province after graduation to farm and and paint with children at the library. On 2008, she went on an unplanned trip to Santiago, Spain, a life changing event. Afterwards, Eum started drawing, and published a first picture book, The Sick Sea. CurrentlyEum illustrates for children's books and interacts with children at the library. Books she has worked on include The Old Man of the Library; Gift from Ganesha; Give Us Water, Dragon King!; and Sewing Nun.
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