The trillium are out in full force here, and apparently so are the morels, though I haven’t found any. I took the kids out mushroom hunting last weekend hoping to find some tiny treats hiding under the leaves, around the bases of trees, among the bits of decomposing matter.
Elsie, my nearly five year old, quickly grew tired of our little caper.
UNTIL, that is, I reminded her of today’s book, The Tiny Wish, in which a little girl becomes very tiny, only as tall as a blade of grass, and suddenly all of life is an adventure. We squatted down to imagine Anja standing under the wild flowers, searching for mushrooms that would still only come up to her waist. It bought me at least another half hour of morel hunting. Still no luck at the end of the day, but meh, you win some you lose some.
A couple of years ago I came across the most gorgeous Christmas book and had to SIT ON IT for a whole year before I could write about it. Remember The Christmas Wish? In which rosy-cheeked Norwegian Anja wishes to go to the North Pole to help out Santa Clause and meets with great adventure in the form of giant wild polar animals and the Northern Lights along the way? Well, she’s back in The Tiny Wish…just a little bit older now.
This time, Anja is playing with her cousins up on their mountain farm when she wishes to be tiny so she can hide better. Sure enough, down she shrinks and finds herself surrounded by berries the size of her head and an enormous finch. She catches a ride on the fetlock of a gigantic horse, meets a squirrel and creates a boat out of a piece of bark and some moss, rides a pinecone down a hill, and returns with the help of a gentle, soft, but quick rabbit. And as in The Christmas Wish, Anja wakes up in her own bed in the morning with a reminder of the seemingly imagined adventure.
Anja is, in fact, a real blonde-braided, radiant, fearless little girl, and her parents are the creative team of American writer Lori Evert and Norwegian photographer Per Breiehagen. She inspired her mother to write the story and her father to create the photographs, what a mighty girl she must be in real life!
I’ve just realized this is my hundredth post! Whoo hoo! Thanks for reading!
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