Arts and Culture for Early Years       May 4 – 24, 2020        

The Best of All Worlds – Le Meilleur Monde Imaginable

Storytelling | Theatre Centre Wonder Garden
Saturday May 21 & Sunday May 22
at 12h00

Celebrate home languages and the vibrancy of our multilingual City with The Best of All Worlds, a storytelling and story sharing event as part of the WeeFestival of Theatre and Culture for Early Years. Host Christina Serra and a talented gathering of artists under the direction of Christina Serra will present 7 children’s stories in 7 different languages and their accompanying English translations. The beautiful illustrations that accompany the stories will be projected larger than life for children and their families to enjoy.

Following the presentations, audiences are invited to share their own childhood songs or stories in their home language as well as their reflections on the value of  multilingualism and culture in early childhood. Copies of the book will be for sale from Libraire Mosaique.

Story Readers: 

Veronica Ressina

Language: Russian
Story: The Giant’s Granny
Bio: Veronika Ressina is a University of Toronto student double-majoring in Philosophy and Theatre Studies, acting, ballet and visual arts teacher for children 2.5 – adults and a proud carrier of three cultures: Jewish, Russian and Canadian.

Suzette Arujo and son

Language: Portuguese
Story: The Happy King

Bio: Suzette is a Therapeutic Clown Practitioner. Her son Zackary Brannan is celebrating his 7th birthday on Sunday, at the WeeFestival.

Anahita Azrahini

Language: Farsi
Story: Who do I love the most?
Bio: Anahita Azrahimi is a visual artist, Executive Director of Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and a big fan of everything wee!

Megumi Kakubo

Language: Japanese
Story: The Wonderful Furoshiki

Renata Catenacci

Language: Italian
Story: The Forgotten Tea Cup
Bio: Renata Catenacci is a high school English teacher and a mother of two.

Emily Rodriguez

Language: Spanish
Story: Chloe Tulips
Bio: Emily is high school language teacher and mom to one great little boy!

Daniah Saimaldahar

Language: Arabic
Story: Sea of Pearls
Bio: Daniah Saimaldahar is a graphic designer, graduate student and tech enthusiast.

About The Best of All Worlds
This project initiated by Gina Valle of Diversity Matters was launched in 2015. To learn more about Diversity Matters visit