Mabu Hotels Chain Creates Children’s Literature Program
The Mabu Hotels & Resorts Group launched the “Monteiro Lobato in Schools” cultural project on Wednesday, May 16. Its aim is to promote culture and literary education for students at private schools in Curitiba. To commemorate the initiative, a cocktail party was held at the Mabu Royal & Premium Hotel for principals and teachers from approximately 30 different private schools located in Curitiba, Paraná.
According to Director-General of the Group, Marcia Abujamra, the concept is to make the Mabu Thermas & Resort an educational destination for schools. “School can provide students with the opportunity to experience the work of Monteiro Lobato, one of Brazil’s most famous children’s writers. The Resort features a playful infrastructure modeled after Yellow Woodpecker’s Ranch, the Brazilian children’s icon, and one of the author’s most popular titles. We also have a full exhibition of Lobato’s major works. The idea is to marry cultural education with fun,” says Marcia. She adds that this is also a chance to teach children the importance for Brazil of Foz do Iguaçu.
Exercising creativity and the imagination through fun is the central purpose of the “Yellow Woodpecker Ranch Children’s Cultural and Recreational Project” of the Mabu Thermas & Resort. The hotel invites children to experience the Resorts leisure facilities inspired by the Yellow Woodpecker Ranch. The kids can, for example, learn how to plant and harvest vegetables in the “Narizinho Garden”, view plants and insects through a magnifying glass, paint and draw at Emilia’s Corner, and relax while reading the works of Monteiro Lobato.
This tribute to Brazilian culture also includes the exhibition “Monteiro Lobato, the Man Behind Yellow Woodpecker Ranch”, consisting of 14 panels with text and historic photographs that recount the life and work of this renowned author. “The space dedicated to the Yellow Woodpecker Ranch has enjoyed record attendance by guests of all ages, which is why we decided to extend the exhibition. Children can dream, play, and most importantly learn from visiting this exhibition, inspired by Lobato’s important book. By reaching out to schools we hope many more people can enjoy this cultural opportunity,” concludes Marcia. Schools interested in participating can contact the Mabu Group for more information.
May 15, 2012