Neil Gaiman & Charles Vess
HarperCollins, 2009 (2009)
Reviewed by Alex Telander
riter Neil Gaiman and illustrator Charles Vess have collaborated on incredible works in the past, with
. Their latest,
, began as a beautiful and positive wish for a friend of Gaiman's, a mother to be. Now, with Gaiman's carefully chosen words and the lush, fresh, colorful and moving art of Charles Vess, everyone can enjoy this tale.
t is the story of a young girl, a baby at first, who must grow to adulthood and is wished on every step of the way to be treated well, to experience life to its fullest, to follow her dreams, to have good times and bad, highs and lows. Gaiman opens with classic mythology: '
Ladies of light and ladies of darkness and ladies of never-you-mind, this is a prayer for a blueberry girl
' (a clear reference to the fates). There's even a quaint fairytale reference: '
Keep her from spindles and sleeps at sixteen.
is a book to be cherished and kept for generations, passed down from mother to daughter to granddaughter. It is a story to inspire the best in a young girl and give parents the utmost hope and respect for her. This fable will only get better each time you read it or tell it to a young one.
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