Latibær is the winter project of the Sólheimar Theater Company and rehearsals began in October under the direction of Edda Björgvinsdóttir. This method was chosen to have more than one actor wrestling with each role. The guiding principle was that everyone would get their dream role. The cast is diverse and about 40 actors take part in the show. Almost all the members of the theater company ha...
Magnús Scheving: Áfram Latibær.
Halldór Baldursson: illustrations
publishing house Æskan, 1995
Book review by Halldór Kristjánsson
This is a bit of a special storybook. It takes place in the adventurous land of Latibær where watching television and more keeps people from moving. But the mayor is in contact with the sports elf who lives in the hills, which is just outside the town, and with his help there will be different town. Healthier lifestyles are adopted.
When evaluating this story line, it’s good to keep in mind that experts believe that in recent years there have been a number of children raised in this country who have so little exercise that they don’t develop normally and become fit. There are more children than just the kids in Latibær who miss running and playing outside. The adventure may not be as remote as it may seem at first glance.
The author of the story, the aerobics champion, preaches a healthy way with his adventure. People do that in various ways. It is worth mentioning here that the illustrator joins him with his pictures. So it gives a richer story.
As with any fairy tale, strict precision is not required. The rating given by the sports elf to the fish dishes is, of course, incorrect, without arguing that the food is generally more useful when it’s closer to its origin.
Drawings of some of the physical exercises are included in this story, so the reader will receive a manual that he can use, as the instructions are included in the pictures.
Mayors of this century are strict and work hard to shape the town in their district. Magnús Scheving joins them with his book, so that their townspeople will be taught more about sunshine than laziness.