Good night, dear magical Twitter folk. Starting tomorrow, I will be off Twitter for the weekend but I hope you all have a wonderful one. Tonight I will leave you with this illustration by Jungsuk Lee. See you when I get back.
'I'd like to add some beauty to life' Anne said dreamily. 'I'd love to make people have a pleasanter time because of me . . . to have some little joy or happy thought that would never have existed if I hadn't been born.'
(stills from anime Anne of Green Gables Miyazaki worked on)
One of my favorite literary characters is Anne Shirley. She was not a fictional figure but a true kindred spirit who showed me that it was okay to be a dreamer. Is it any wonder that I love this crochet doll of Anne with an e?
(it's by PidesignsCrafts)
Fairy tales are not safe. They have sharp teeth & pulse with blood & violence. Fairy tales true magic is they reflect our world no matter the time & place because they're rooted deep in the human psyche.
(art by Maurice Sendak)
Imagine having a mother who worries that you read too much. The question is, what is it that's supposed to happen to people who read too much? How can you tell when someone's crossed the line.
- Helen Oyeyemi
Author E Nesbit died #OTD in 1924. She was one of the most important writers to shape contemporary children's lit. Nesbit would write over 40 children's books, including The Railway Children. Her influence can be seen in the works of everyone from CS Lewis to Madeleine L'Engle.
It's amazing the impacts childhood has on authors' imagination. When Hans Christian Andersen was 11, his father died. His mother told the boy that the "Ice Maiden carried (his father) off." This would be the root of what became his fairy tale The Snow Queen.