Once there was a small castle on display in a museum. When children visited, they'd press close to the glass globe in which the castle sat. for they'd heard that if they looked hard enough, they'd see a tiny girl inside...
Can you see her?
Here is an original fairy tale that feels like a dream-haunting, beautiful, and completely unforgettable.
Now Kate Bernheimer is the author of two novels for adults, including The Complete Tales of Merry Gold, and the editor of two essay collections about fairy tales, including Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales. An assistant professor in the MFA program at the University of Alabama, she also edits Fairy Tale Review. Ms. Bernheimer lives inTuscaloosa with her husband, their daughter, and their dog, Penelope. This is Kate Bernheimer's first children's book.
My favorite, Nicoletta Ceccoli, is the illustrator of many acclaimed picture books published around the world. She was awarded the Silver Medal in 2006 by the Society of Illustrators in New York, and in 2001 she won the Andersen Prize, honoring her as the best children's book illustrator in Italy.
Ms. Ceccoli has illustrated, among other titles, An Island in the Sun, written by Stella Blackstone; Horns and Wrinkles, written by Joseph Helgerson; and The Barefoot Book of Fairy Tales, written by Malachy Doyle. She lives in the town where she was born-San Marino, Italy.
My favorite line in the whole book is:
Do you see the girl in the castle inside the museum? She sees you!
"The castle is full of music and grace."
It's a darling book, quite charming and very well illustrated. ***** stars!
The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum
Yesterday I wrote about an element of writing in a story and that was character portrayal.
I feel that this book adequately describes the girl (the main character) and her feelings. Plus the setting is described perfectly in her living in the castle inside the museum. It's a great example of character and setting in a story.
“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis