Pip and Winnie's fairy door.
Do you ever find portals while reading?
Lucy Pevensie's wardrobe
Alice's rabbit hole
Harry's Platform Nine and Three Quarters
Meg Murry's tessaract
Characters in these stories are ordinary people,
minding their own perfectly normal business
when whoosh! -
in zips a talking rabbit, a parliament of owls, an envelope in emerald ink,
bag ladies spouting Latin -
and the next thing they know
they've been carried away into a gloriously different world -
and life is never the same.
Children, lunatics and writers
live on the edge of that line between fantasy and reality.
Life is good here.
It takes less work to believe in books,
to look for fairy doors
and hang out near them, hoping for a way in.
At least, that's my excuse when I find myself
wishing for Diagon Alley,
an invitation to Camp Halfblood,
or to see Aslan face to face.
What are your favorite story doors?
Chalkboard paint and iridescent white acrylic
transformed a boring corner of Pip and Winnie's bedroom
into trees crossing paths
over a secret door to fairyland.
I think they like it.
The fairies, I mean.
If you look very carefully,
you can see them glowing.
And more fairy finds:
- a gift from my friend M. Bloom.
Her blog, We Bloom Here is full of lovely handcrafted inspiration such as these darling fairy people.
Another blog for the fairy-hearted:
is compiled by Scottish artist Ruthie Redden, who has a knack for making and gathering beauty.
Books with great doors:
The Wishing of Biddy Malone
by Joy Cowley, ill. Christopher Denise
Sky Pie Angel Food Cake
by Nancy Willard, ill. Richard Jesse Watson
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis,
ill. Christian Birmingham
The Princess and the Goblin, George MacDonald,
ill. Jessie Wilcox Smith
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum,
ill. Lisbeth Zwerger
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle, ill. Leo and Diane Dillon
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, ill. Trina Schart Hyman
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,
by Lewis Carroll, ill. Barry Moser
The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling
Add more favorites in the comments;
I'd love your recommendations!