Tell me a story?

17 May 2009

“Once upon a time there was a little brown mouse.” “No, wait! I want the mouse to be blue.” “Well then, this mouse was blue, except for her tail, which was black. Her coloring was an advantage for the mouse, because she lived in the library, and she could blend in among the books. She […]

the spiral of children’s literature

4 July 2008

I didn’t read Charlotte’s Web as a kid, sadly. Re-reading such books in adulthood is like finding the butter-yellow stuffed elephant you cuddled and carried on car rides. A new buttery elephant encountered first as an adult is likewise endearing and cozy, but it doesn’t smell of warm sleep and grandparents. I read countless other […]