Kamishibai is a traditional Japanese narrative form. Kami means paper, shibai means drama. It is part of a century-old Asian tradition, in which stories based on images are told.
A Kamishibai consists of (generally) a wooden stage and stories, which mostly consist of 12 or 16 beautifully illustrated cards (DIN A3). All story cards are successively inserted into a small stage, the storyteller tells the story according to the cards at an appropriate pace. Kamishibai is meant to be performed to an audience, not read to a child. In recent years kamishibai stories have enjoyed a renaissance in schools and libraries as well as other cultural centers.
The kamishibai works with pictures, but they are steady, not moving, and offer children the chance to become calm and to delve into the story. Because of their generous size, kamishibai can be used easily with both small and large groups as well as with an individual child.
The narrative style of the kamishibai enables aesthetic and creative group enjoyment. This method of implementation promotes the development of dialogues. Even younger children are encouraged by this narrative method to tell their own little stories and to improve their active listening. Literacy competences come to life and the art of storytelling is revitalized.
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