IBBY Honour List 2006

One of the selected books in IBBY Honour List 2006 with fascinating illustrations. The book tells  the history of Istanbul in five different periods using objects symbolising each of those historical periods. 5 Children 5 İstanbuls takes the children to a journey through the history of Istanbul from ancient times to teh current day.

This picture book, written and illustrated by Betül Sayın, tells children the story of İstanbul. Based on the book “The Story of İstanbul” written by Mine Soysal, and illustrated by Sayın, the author relates the five different eras of İstanbul through five different characters. The colourful pictures and unique structure of the book which starts at the present and develops towards prehistoric times presents children a unique reading and learning experience. 5 Children 5 İstanbuls is one of the selected books of IBBY Honour List 2006 in illustration category.

Overview

Mert who lives in a crowded neighbourhood of today’s İstanbul goes to visit his grandmother who is ill. The fez he finds in his grandmother’s attic belongs to Hamdi who lived during  Ottoman Empire times in İstanbul. Hamdi who is anxious to go to festivities for the Ottoman Sultan finds a mirror decorated with purple stones in the Covered Bazaar where they go for his sister. The purple mirror belongs to Helen who lived in the Byzantine era… Helen, who goes to watch the races at the Hippodrome with her family, is attracted by an old coin sold in a shop. The coin bearing a fish figure belongs to Milya who helps his grandfather, a fisherman in Byzantion… Milya and his grandfather’s boat is filled with the fish they have caught. On their way back from the ceremony held at the temple, Milya finds an old piece of ceramic on the street. It is a piece from a dish made by the mother of the Girl-with-a-Bone-Hairpin, who lives in a cave near İstanbul in prehistoric times.

Betül Sayın

Betül Sayın was born in İstanbul in 1958. She graduated from the Department of Architecture of the İstanbul Academy of Fine Arts (today’s Mimar Sinan University) in1982 . Since 1989, she has illustrated for numerous magazines and children’s books including Mine Soysal’s “İstanbul Masalı” (The Story of İstanbul). She’s also the author and illustrator of children books “Renkler” (Colours), “Şekiller” (Shapes) and “Sayılar” (Numbers). Her illustrations were used on UNICEF greeting cards. “5 Çocuk 5 İstanbul” (5 Children, 5 İstanbuls) has been included  in the IBBY Honour List 2006 (Illustrations Category). She lives in İstanbul with her husband and daughter.

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