Thank you, dear Ronja!

Thank you, dear Ronja!

Thank you, dear Ronja!

Dear Ronja, our president and the entire SARIAS Foundation were very pleased with your letter. It is exactly this feedback that motivates us to create even more fairy tale books and to make even more children happy with our books. Your picture will have a place of honour in our office and will remind us every day of all the children who love to read fairy tales. We thank you very much for your letter.

Children’s opera “Pinocchio’s Adventures” has free online premiere

Children’s opera “Pinocchio’s Adventures” has free online premiere

Copyright: Gianmarco Bresadola

 Children’s opera “Pinocchio’s Adventures” has free online premiere

The opera houses are closed. It was therefore with a heavy heart that the Berlin State Opera had to cancel the premiere of “Pinocchio’s Adventures” in front of a live audience. However, in an effort to ensure not all the preparations were in vain, the State Opera decided to stage the production in spite of everything. The SARIAS Foundation worked with the State Opera to create a professional stream, and we are delighted with the result! Pinocchio’s adventurous journey is recounted in an exciting hour-long interplay of music, tableaus and puppetry for children aged 6 and over.

You can watch the video by following the link below:

https://youtu.be/r-YF61MUr00

Copyright: Gianmarco Bresadola

Everyone knows the story of Pinocchio, whose nose grows longer when he lies…On his journey from animated wooden puppet to a boy of flesh and bone, Pinocchio must survive numerous adventures in which he proves his courage and remains loyal to his father, the woodcarver Gepetto. Along the way, he has to contend with some dangerous characters like the greedy fox and tomcat, shady circus directors and even a giant whale.

Copyright: Gianmarco Bresadola

Pinocchio learns the hard way that his nose grows inconveniently long when he lies too much, and that there are unpleasant consequences to being lazy, skipping school and spending time in the seemingly heavenly Land of Toys, where no one works. The mysterious fairy with its dark blue hair is always at his side, rescuing him repeatedly and finally bringing him back to his long-lost father.

Copyright: Gianmarco Bresadola

The children’s opera “Pinocchio’s Adventures” was created by the Italian composer Lucia Ronchetti in 2015, with lyrics closely following the original version of the classic children’s book by Carlo Collodi. The work is being performed in German for the first time at the Berlin State Opera (Unter den Linden).

Soprano Sarah Aristidou portrays the wooden protagonist Pinocchio, while five instrumentalists from the Staatskapelle Berlin assume the roles of the story’s numerous supporting characters.

“Fairy Tales of the World”: our series of books is growing…

“Fairy Tales of the World”: our series of books is growing…

“Fairy Tales of the World”: our series of books is growing…

The third volume of our picture book series “Fairy Tales of the World” is now finished and ready to go! 

Following on from the story from China, we lingered a little longer in the Far East and travelled to Japan. 

The Land of the Rising Sun harbours a rich treasure trove of fairy tales that have been passed down orally from generation to generation over the centuries. It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that Yanagita Kunio (1875-1962), Japan’s first folklorist, collected and wrote down numerous fairy tales from across the country. Our fairy tale “The Sun Knows Everything”, published as an educational adaptation of the fairy tale for children, comes from his collection of Japanese folk tales.

The self-important moles are unhappy because the light from the sun dazzles them. They pretentiously start a war against the sun in order to stop it from shining and draw up a plan… One of them would have to shoot the sun!  But the moles forgot to take the frogs into account. These frogs recognise the great danger to themselves, their children and all life on earth. Will they manage to warn the sun in time?

Berlin-based illustrator Anne Hofmann has brought this delightful fairy tale to life for us with her radiant illustrations.

The fairy tale picture book can now be obtained free of charge from the SARIAS Foundation. If you are interested, just send a short email to info@sarias-stiftung.org and we will send you a copy by post. If you are interested in getting hold of several copies, for example for a school class, please contact us and we will be happy to arrange an appointment for you to collect them.

“Fairy Tales of the World”: The second volume is finished!

“Fairy Tales of the World”: The second volume is finished!

“Fairy Tales of the World”: The second volume is finished!

Shortly before Christmas, the time had finally come; we received the freshly printed picture books with the Chinese fairy tale “The Two Melons”.

The story tells of two women, one good and one bad, of course – as befits a fairy tale. The good woman devotedly cares for an injured bird despite her poverty, while the bad woman has a high opinion of herself and thinks only about how fast she can get rich. Both are rewarded for their behaviour with a “treasure” at the end of the story. It is hiding in a giant melon.

The story makes it clear to young and old alike in expressive pictures how compassion, a willingness to help and selfless devotion to other living beings can be transformed into good a thousand times over.
The fairy tale from China appears in our book for the first time in a German translation. It has been beautifully illustrated by the Istanbul artist Elif Yemenici.

Like our first picture book, you can also obtain this new work from us free of charge. If you are interested, please send a short email to info@sarias-stiftung.org and we will send you a copy by post. If you are interested in receiving several copies, for example for a school class, please contact us and we can arrange an appointment for you to collect them.

Our first book of fairytales!

Our first book of fairytales!

Our first book of fairytales!

The illustrated book of fairytales can be obtained free of charge from the SARIAS Foundation since the 10th of October. If you are interested, just send a short email to info@sarias-stiftung.org and the book will be sent to you by post.

Alternatively, you can collect the book in person here at Kronenstraße 1, 10117 Berlin. Please arrange collection in advance by phone on the number (+49) 030 24172241.