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Minh Lê for “Built to Last” Storytime

Location 7014-A Westmoreland Ave. Takoma Park, MD 20912 United States
Date Sunday, July 28, 2024 at 9:30am - 10:30am
Duration   1 hours
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On July 28th, book lovers and families in the Takoma Park area have a truly special opportunity to attend a free storytime event featuring acclaimed author Minh Lê and his latest picturebook masterpiece "Built to Last," a heartwarming collaboration with award-winning illustrator Dan Santat. This delightful tale follows two young friends who believe they are simply building imaginative worlds with blocks, cardboard, and the boundless creativity of childhood, but soon come to realize they have been constructing something far greater and more enduring – a sturdy, solid friendship. As their fanciful creations of boats attacked by sea creatures and castles crumbling into the ocean tumble down one by one, the boys learn a profound lesson: that true friendship can withstand even the most spectacular crashes and disasters. With playful, lyrical text by wordsmith Minh Lê and dazzling, whimsical illustrations by artisan Dan Santat, "Built to Last" is a shining example of the magic that can arise from close collaboration between talented storytellers. This picturebook delivers a narrative as merry and imaginative as it is deeply moving, recognizing the precious friendships in life that are truly built to last through any adversity. Minh Lê's other acclaimed works like "The Blur," "Drawn Together," "Lift," "Let Me Finish!," and "The Perfect Seat" have cemented his reputation as a master storyteller for children and a literary voice that celebrates the power of friendship, family, and following one's dreams. Attending this free storytime event at the beloved local bookstore People's Book offers families and young readers a unique and memorable opportunity to experience Minh Lê's captivating storytelling prowess in person as he brings the vibrant world of "Built to Last" to life. This is a chance to celebrate the joys of reading, imagination, and the unbreakable bonds of friendship that help us weather any storm. An event not to be missed by those who cherish quality children's literature and the magic of a well-told tale.

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