Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Box Set/11.2x15.6"/12 Books
Printed in Italy
First published by Danese in 1980, Prebooks is a series of twelve little books dedicated to small children who have not yet learned how to read or write. These twelve books, 10 x 10 cm in size, were designed to fit into small hands. Each one comes in different colours, materials and binding methods. The visual effect is not only stunning but the purpose is to offer a variety of stimuli, sensations and emotions to increase the child's perception of the world around him/er. Bruno Munari states, “they should give the sensation that books are indeed objects made like this and that they contain a wide array of surprises. Culture comes out of surprises, which are things that were unknown before”. Once again Munari is ahead of his time: while computers are entering more and more deeply into young childrens’ lives this collection helps them to smell, touch, see and even taste the objects they have around them - encouraging them to not not lose contact with the concreteness of reality.
- Texts in: Italian, English, French and German.