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little bookworm project // the magic faraway tree

You can celebrate sausage week if you want to. But for me, World Book Week wins every time.

Admittedly, it’s a close run race, as I do love a sausage. But sausages feed you for an hour. A great book will sustain you for a lifetime.

I don’t remember it being much of a thing whilst I was at school. Mum certainly wasn’t up till all hours the night before World Book Day making me a costume to wear to school. And for that, I’m sure she is extremely thankful.

I’m not sure who I would have gone as. Maybe Aslan. Probably Eeyore. Most likely Garfield. (Yes, I know a cartoon. But I LOVED my Garfield books.) I expect Mum would have dressed me as a fairy or a witch and told me to just identify as one of the many fairytale characters that fit the wings or black hat. I wouldn’t blame her. Who wants to be sewing a lion suit for a hefty child and wondering how the hell they were going to make a ball of wool look anything like a mane?

Who would I choose now? Probably Death from “The Book Thief” – but then I’ve always looked best in black.

Because it’s World Book Day today, I think there’s no better time to share some more images from my Little Bookworm Project with you and to introduce a fantastic little bookworm I know. She’s borderline book obsessed and that is no bad thing. Say hello to Imogen.

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At the foot of her bed live a cast of characters and a very real hamster. I once had a disastrous run in with my sister’s pet hamster, so I declined Imogen’s very kind offer to give him a cuddle. Instead, he slept peacefully amongst the sawdust and left us to the very important task of selecting a favourite book to read.

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Imogen had done her homework. She’d drawn up a list of some of her favourites, noting down the reasons they should make it to the top spot. Notice how one book got all of the attention.

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But she just wasn’t sure. Couldn’t decide between them. Didn’t want to upset the ones left behind, I think.

When it came down to it, we had two battling authors: Jacqueline Wilson vs. Enid Blyton. So I couldn’t help her as I’d NEVER read any Enid Blyton as a kid (is that shameful?) and Jacqueline Wilson came a little after my childhood reading years.

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We decided to leave it up to chance. Time for a little eeny-meeny-miny-moe.

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You can’t kid a kidder, Imogen. I knew where your lovely heart belonged the whole time. So I’ll ignore the “help” you gave fate in choosing.

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This time, my little bookworm chose the magical adventures and enchanted woods of “The Magic Faraway Tree.” Wouldn’t you?

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“Would you read a little to me?”

“Sure.”

She’s a folder of pages to mark her spot. I’ll forgive her that. Mostly because I know my weird opinions on book husbandry belong to a cult of just one.

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She’s a clear, confident reader. I loved listening to her read, watching her smile at the bits that she loved, tackling this huge book with a 9 year old’s hands.

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“Is this where you read the most?”

“In my room a lot. But anywhere I am. Anywhere I go.”

“Anywhere?”

“Even on the train to London.”

“Let’s hop on a train then.”

So together with her mum and one of her little sister’s, we went on a single stop adventure. After all, “books are a uniquely portable magic” so why not?

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When Imogen grows up, she wants to write stories. But she doesn’t need to grow up to be a storyteller. She’s already there.

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P.S. Have a little bookworm in your life? Take part in the project.

P.P.S. British Sausage Week is coming this November. Get your bangers ready.

 

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  • March 6, 2014 - 12:51 am

    Jenny - I love the idea of honoring the book worm. I have one at my house. We bring stacks of books home from the library and she’s like the very hungry caterpillar!

    I especially love the images from outside and in the train. Well, the ones in her room are fantastic too.

    And I’m taking notes in the books because I don’t think my daughter has read these.

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  • March 6, 2014 - 5:00 pm

    Julie - Ah, this is so lovely – on the train she looks as though she really is lost in the book! Silky & Moonface were my favourites, and I remember feeling distinctly unsettled by some of the lands, as well as wishing that I could visit a few of them (most of which involved some kind of sweeties…). Brilliant.ReplyCancel

  • March 6, 2014 - 7:58 pm

    Amanda - How beautifully you tell Imogen’s story – you’re a storyteller too! I loved The Magic Faraway Tree too and would read anywhere (still would if I could find the time!!)ReplyCancel

  • March 6, 2014 - 8:20 pm

    Bek - These photos are amazing! I’m off to look at the bookwork project now as my two children are definitely little bookworms! Thanks!ReplyCancel

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