Veteran children’s book writer Sybil Wettasinghe passes away

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Veteran children’s book writer and illustrator Kala Keerthi Sybil Wettasinghe passed away at the age of 93 while receiving treatments at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital this morning, hospital sources said.

The Umbrella Thief, The Child in Me, Sooththara Puncha, Akeekaru Bakamunu Paetawa, Kusumalatha, An Elephant in the sky, A Dress for the Cat - Forever Friends and How the Devil Ran Away are some of the books written by Wettasinghe. 

Her books have been translated into several languages, like Japanese, Chinese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English and Tamil.

Wettasighe has produced over 200 children's books over the course of her career. 

She has also won much international acclaim and her books have secured awards both in Europe and Asia as well.

The book “Wonder Crystal” authored by Wettasinghe recently set a new Guinness World Record for the most number of alternate endings.

This book was written with NO ENDINGS and then completed with the children of Sri Lanka.

 “Wonder Crystal” is the only children’s book in the world with 1,250 completed alternative endings. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

 

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  • BigEars Wednesday, 01 July 2020 09:47 AM

    Good Bye Madam. You are a loss to me and the rest of the world. You stories will linger on.

    Paul Wednesday, 01 July 2020 10:22 AM

    The vacuum which was created by her cannot be filled anyone. Now I am over seventy. I still remember the stories she had written to the "Silumina" She may attain supreme nibbana.b

    Shehan Wednesday, 01 July 2020 11:47 AM

    Dear Madam you may attain supreme bliss of nirvana.

    Wasantha Weerawicrama Wednesday, 01 July 2020 08:28 PM

    The only time I ever spoke to her by phone sometime back I wished her long life "අපෙත් ආයුශ ඇරගෙන තවත් බොහොකල් ජීවත් වෙන්න නැන්දා" She merely replied "එතකොට ඔයාට ආයුශ නැති වෙනවානේ.." Such was her... We miss people ... but a legend... May you attain the supreme nibbana as you wish in any bodhi..

    Thanuja Darshani Dissanayake Wednesday, 01 July 2020 09:07 PM

    we lost a veteran writer that we must have now and future .may she attain nibbana.


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