Freckle Bunch of Loekie Morales to be distributed among primary schools
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Freckle Bunch of Loekie Morales to be distributed among primary schools

In the picture, Loekie Morales (author) handing over a copy of Freckle Bunch-Tropical Shelter to Raquel Lo Fo Wong (rep. Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten). In the picture, Loekie Morales (author) handing over a copy of Freckle Bunch-Tropical Shelter to Raquel Lo Fo Wong (rep. Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten).

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Beyond Kultura Events (BKE) Foundation has recently published Loekie Morales’ two books ‘The Freckle Bunch’ and ‘Tropical Shelter’ in one, the BKE said in a press statement on Wednesday.

“This Caribbean based sequel counts 40 chapters, 207 pages and is written for 8 years and older. For children 6-7, the book is suitable for reading aloud sessions.

“Between 13 and 21 October, each primary school on Sint Maarten will be getting 20 books, meant to stimulate comprehensive reading among our youth.

“In ‘The Freckle Bunch’ we are introduced to the Moraal children. They live on the outskirts of Willemstad, Curaçao’s capital, with their mother Mai. The boys Deng, Papichi and Payo, and girls Seng, Kecha and Loek, ages 7 to 14, are covered in freckles. Their Mother Mai works out of doors all day long. And even though their sweet grandmother Wela comes in from time to time to keep an eye out, the little rascals are too quick for them. One day, Mai goes to "rest" and their lives change completely. They are forced to go to separate homes.

“In ‘Tropical Shelter’ we mainly follow the girls from ‘The Freckle Bunch’. Loek, Kecha, Seng and their little sisters Yeng and Coltje end up in a girls' boarding home, while the toddler Inika is staying with Grandma. What is life like for these rascals? What will become of those rascals in ‘The Freckle Bunch-Tropical Shelter’?

“BKE: ‘The 40 stories cover a great spectrum of emotions. In this way the reader will experience with the characters happy, crazy, sad, as well as special events. Between the chapters, social and cultural as well as historical scenes are intertwined. At the end of the day, the love, care and brotherhood between the siblings is central.

“The publishing and distribution of this sequel to Sint Maarten primary schools has been possible, thanks to the financial support of the Prins Berhard Cultural Fund Caribbean, who has covered the translation costs, The Winward Island Band, The Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten and Beyond Kultura Events Foundation have sponsored the printing, layout, distribution and other costs involved.

“Freckle Bunch-Tropical Shelter is for sale at The Shipwreck stores, Book store Van Dorp, and at Beyond Kultura Events Foundation 527-1223.”

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