Is it a book? Yes, it is. It's not a traditionally bound book that we are so used to reading on a daily basis. Jessica, pictured above reading the gingerbread man to her son while holding new born daughter said "It's more than just reading a book! It's an experience more like a show." The pages are much bigger than a regular book which makes the illustrations really clear and easy for children to see all the details. The text of the story is on the backs of the pages which makes it so much easier to read. Becky, mum of two, said "I love not having to read upside down!"
You can use a wooden frame with the kamishibai stories to add an extra dimension to the experience. Your hands are free as the frame holds the book for you. This opens up lots of different opportunities. You could be feeding your baby, using sign language or having a cuppa while reading a story to your other children.
It is a book, it's a storytelling method , but most important: it opens the door to bigger and brighter worlds for children, their parents and their teachers.
Now we've established what kamishibai is I know the next question is how on earth do I say it! One of the most common questions I get asked is, how do you pronounce Kamishibai? It’s quite easy if I break it down. Kah – me – she – bye. Start slowly and maybe add kahme and shebye before going in all the way.
Which story do you want to read first?