Sunday, September 28, 2014

long ears

Have you seen Mac Barnett's TED talk?  

Oh, my.  You must.  It is brilliant.
If I am going to break down the fourth wall, I want fiction to escape and come into the real world.  I want a book to be a secret door that opens, and lets the stories out into reality.

~ from Mac Barnett's TED talk
Well that's what happened this past weekend.

Stop!  Mommy!  Stop the car!  It's Long Ears!

And Storm!


There was a great deal to love about One Came Home, by Amy Timberlake.  I myself miss Georgie and her voice, her honesty, her humor from the audiobook version of the book.  For Elliott, and apparently Julia, their love centers on Long Ears, the velvety-eared mule.  And Storm, the horse.

We know these characters aren't real and yet we have real feelings about them.
~ from Mac Barnett's TED talk

It has been about a month since we left Georgie and Long Ears in Placid, Wisconsin.  But they aren't far from our thoughts apparently.



And though, yes, we knew that these were not they, still.  I feel we had a little check in with them.
It's a weird place.  But it's not just a place that kids can get to...Art can get us to that place...in the middle...I am going to call it Wonder.  It's what Coleridge called the willing suspension of disbelief...those moments when a story, no matter how strange, has some semblance of the truth, and then you are able to believe it.

~ from Mac Barnett's TED talk


It was hard to say goodbye.  


Kids...they deserve the best stories we can give them.
~ from Mac Barnett's TED talk

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