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Over-the-Top Imagination (Sep 25, 2013)

Updated: Nov 15, 2023

My summer read came to me in the airport bookstore while our flight was delayed. It had been a very long time since I had the pleasure of perusing through the recent arrivals in the bookstore and so I enjoyed the unexpected time and soaked up the words around me. Out of three books I wanted to read right then and there, one did accompany me out of the store and onto the plane. "The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her own Making"


I feel in love with each wonderful visual that came to my mind as I read page after page. And because I was so delighted in this so very over-the-top imaginary story, I marked the selected page of inspiration with a turned corner, either up or down, depending on where on the page my mind was caught. The other night before I went to bed, I went back through the recently finished book; back to those turned corner pages. I wanted to catalog those specific sentences or phrases so that I could enjoy these favorites a while longer, outside of the boundaries of the book. I feel these phrases or sentences, in and of themselves, are a wonderful story all on their own! I find they conjure up such a strong image by themselves they aren't in need or in want of a supporting cast of additional words...... So with pen and paper in hand I wrote down the following:

  1. "Several small clouds skipped huffily out of their path."

  2. "A girl in want of a Leopard still has her feet."

  3. "She folded up the stirring very carefully and put it away at the bottom of her mind."

  4. "....a cauldron full of tomorrow."

  5. "The sun hitched up her trousers and soldiered on up into the sky."

  6. "...grief pack away for the duration of a bath."

  7. "....the ears of folk with legs and noses and eyebrows are not made to hearken to the weeping of those with inseams and button holes and lapels."

  8. "...past a moon like a bony knee."

  9. "...the movers of our tales."

  10. "...good grief and all gallows!"

  11. "....nothing but string and time."

Aren't these delightful? Which is your favorite? I would love to know if you have one! P.S. on the link above, you must watch the "trailer" at the bottom of the page. It does an excellent job of giving one the flavor of the story - not to mention share with you the talents of the illustrator. :)

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