Kohima: Seven-year-old Sofia Livimi Swu on Wednesday made her debut as the youngest writer from Nagaland with the launch of her first book titled “My adventure in Fairyland”.
Published by PenThrill Publication, the book was launched by T Mhademo Yanthan, IAS, commissioner and secretary to the Governor of Nagaland, at the Heritage in Kohima.
The young girl’s first book is the 37th book released by PenThrill publication.
Rita Krocha, publisher, PenThrill Publication, said, “I am thinking of how she made history with her debut book. She is among the rare breed of child authors who not only discovered the innate gift of writing and drawing but also put them together in the form of a book for us to indulge in.”
Krocha said that Sofia has set the bench higher for child writers in the state and expressed that the book will renew literature growth in the state.
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Sofia shared that the book documents her experience in the fairyland where she “met four fairies”. She added that the adventure in the fairyland has been the “most exciting“.
Sofia’s mother, Shekali Swu said that as book lovers, she and her husband made books accessible for their children by providing a variety of books and creating a reading environment at home.
She recounted how Sofia started learning phonics at the age of 5 which improved her reading skills.
At the age of six, Sofia re-wrote the ‘little red riding hood’ with her own words and illustrations. So far, Sofia has written six fairy tales in her own words and illustrations, the mother added.
The book, which was released on Wednesday, started as a school assignment to be released by the teachers. Her mother also credited Sofia’s teachers at school and the church for helping nurture her skills.