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Sybil Wettasinghe passes away

Veteran author and illustrator of children’s books Sybil Wettasinghe, fondly known as ‘Sybil Nanda’ in Sri Lanka, has 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.

Kala Keerthi Sybil Wettasinghe, the doyen of children’s literature in Sri Lanka, has been writing and illustrating stories for over 70 years.

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.

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