My daughter wrote and illustrated a book this week. Just four pages, but for a 7 year old, this represents a tome.
With her brow furrowed, I watched as she pondered. How to draw the perfect Hibiscus? Exactly what shade of purple is a Jacaranda flower and why do they sway about? Do fairies really like Forget Me Nots? It took her over 20 minutes to determine how to let her readers recognise when “a fairy is near…”.
It was hard to tell whether the story in her head guided the illustrations or if it were the other way around. Certainly that is of minor import.
Two little hands, a box of Derwent pencils and a fierce imagination. This is all it took to mesmerise me, again.
Today’s Mesmerising Moment is by Caroline Webster a freelance writer and author of Small Fry Outdoors – inspiration for being outside with children.
She is a “passionate believer in the magic and power of being outdoors and encouraging lots of unstructured play for children”. You can read extracts of her daughter’s book, aided by Sparkle (the fairy who lives on her shoulder), on My Life with Fairies.
Read more of Caro’s Mesmerising Moments.