MaltaPost will be issuing a set of two stamps entitled ‘EUROPA 2010 CHILDREN’S BOOKS’.

The €0.37 stamp features the two main characters from the popular book ‘Puttinu u Toninu’ created by Dr Philip Farrugia Randon. Puttinu is the youngest angel in heaven who clumsily plunges down to earth where a young boy Toninu takes care of him. They soon become best of pals and manage to convince Saint Joseph to let Puttinu be Toninu’s guardian angel. The stories recount some of the experiences and adventures of these two characters.

The €1.19 stamp features the cover artwork of ‘Meta l-Milied ma ġiex’ written by Clare Azzopardi and illustrated by Mark Scicluna. This book features two main characters Karl and Martina, who are sad because Christmas did not come that year,darkness filled the village and their parents seem they forgot that Christmas comes on the 25th of December. The €1.19 stamp is chosen to participate in the EUROPA stamp best design competition, in which all official EUROPA stamps will be competing for the winning stamp.

The EUROPA stamp best design competition is a yearly online event in which the result is announced during the Plenary Assembly of the PostEurop which is the Association of 48 European public postal operators. It was created in 1993 to optimise postal operations and postal services in Europe, and foster greater cooperation between its Members. The first competition took place in 2002. All official EUROPA stamp issues can enter the competition. Web viewers are invited to vote for their favorite stamps.

The set ‘EUROPA 2010 CHILDREN’S BOOKS’ is designed by Edward D.Pirotta and measures 44.0mm x 31.0mm with perforation of 13.9mm x 14.0 (comb.) The stamp has been offset printed on Maltese Crosses watermarked paper by Printex Limited. The set will be available for sale on Tuesday 4th May from all MaltaPost Branches in Malta and Gozo, and the mobile van. Additional information regarding this issue is available from the Philatelic Bureau (tel. 25961747, email:, postal address: 305, Triq Ħal-Qormi, Marsa, MTP1001) and from MaltaPost website on .

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