From graphic novel to stop motion
In the film and storytelling project “Jag har tips på en bok” (“I know a great book”), students in year 4 had the opportunity to express their experiences of reading Shaun Tan’s and Baek Heena’s graphic novels in their own words and images. The project is a collaboration between Historieberättarna and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
In November of 2021, students from year 4 at Fruängens school in Stockholm participated in the project “Jag har tips på en bok” (“I know a great book”). The students’ work is based on three different graphic novels: The Red Tree and The Arrival by 2011 laureate Shaun Tan and Magic Candies by 2020 laureate Baek Heena.
The creative project has been documented in a video:
Historieberättarna held two workshops, and the students also worked with the books in school. At the first workshop, the children read selected pieces of text as a group, did various reflection exercises, writing exercises and analysed images. Each student then chose a book to read further during their Swedish lessons at the school.
I think the red leaves are the happy life, and sometimes you don’t see the leaves”
/student in year 4, Fruängens school
At the second workshop, the children had the opportunity to express their reading experiences by creating stop motion videos. They wrote their own scripts and used a variety of materials to create characters and settings. The animated videos are expressions of the emotions, scenes and impressions that the book evoked.