Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland Meets the White Rabbit (Little Golden Book)

Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland Meets the White Rabbit (A Little Golden Book), retold by Jane Werner, with pictures by The Walt Disney Studio. Golden Press / Western Publishing Company, 1951. (This copy is from 1974.)

Inspired by Little Sis's post from yesterday, I thought I would share another vintage Little Golden Book with you today. This one was first printed in 1951, the same year Disney released its version of Alice in Wonderland. It remained in print for many years. My copy, which is in gorgeous condition, says "Third printing, 1974."

I think the art in this one is beautiful. While the look and feel are based on the film adaptation, it retains that mid-century picture book charm.

I think it's fascinating that the Jabberwock remained in the book. Apparently, Stan Freberg was supposed to voice the character in the movie, complete with a song. The song is included in the DVD extras, which I don't remember watching. Oops. I guess I need to dig out my DVD!

Speaking of Alice stuff, I received a very Merry Un-birthday present last week! Every year, I look forward to the wonderful Mad Tea Party blog-hop hosted by A Fanciful Twist. I entered a few contests as I hopped from blog to blog, including the one hosted over at A Magical Whimsy. Please, go check out her awesome post, if you get a chance. She gave away a very cool mixed media canvas entitled "Tea Time Gown," and I was the lucky recipient!

Isn't it fabulous? For now, it's resting on my stack of Alice books, but we plan to hang it on the wall above the Alice table.

Anyway, a very Merry Unbirthday to You! (Unless it's your birthday, of course. Then Happy Birthday.)

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Some Alice Art (Little Sis Tuesday)

 Today is Little Sis Tuesday. I took these photos on behalf of my 7 1/2-year-old daughter, so that she could show off some art she made. All words that follow are hers, and I helped her post the video. - Danzel

This is some Alice in Wonderland-inspired art I made. I used my pastels and pencils to make it.

We listened to the first book on CD, but I haven't read Through the Looking Glass. All the movie versions mix them up. I like the old movie version, but I think I like the cartoon one a little better. I don't remember the Tim Burton movie, because I was only two when we saw it, but the song from that movie is one of my favorite songs.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Happy Birthday, Wichita

We made a glittery construction paper Wichita Flag!

Sorry for the lack of Little Sis Tuesday this week. She knew weeks ago what she wanted to post about this Tuesday: our trip to the Amelia Earhart Festival in Atchison! Unfortunately, the trip did not happen. We were all set to go, packed and everything, when I received a call late Friday evening. Mr. B was in bad car wreck on the way home from work. He is actually okay - he has a very small fracture in his foot - but the other car is wrecked, and because we would have had to leave early Saturday morning, we had to call it off. I asked if she had anything else she wanted to blog about, but she said "not this week."

Yesterday was our hometown's 145th birthday! Yes, our city actually makes a big deal about this. They didn't used to, I guess, but the past few years, the newspaper and historical museum have helped put the word out. 

The historical museum has their birthday party scheduled for this Saturday, but we will unable to attend, as we will be at memorial services for a wonderful old theatre professor/local actor. You can see pictures from two years ago here. The girls and I decided we would celebrate by visiting lots of our favorite locales. It was very rainy, so we decided to skip some of the walking activities we had planned (visiting the Keeper of the Plains and Troll, taking an art walkabout downtown), and due to flash flooding, we skipped some places and decided to head home. While we did stop a few places, we spent most of the afternoon in the car, while the girls shouted out destinations and Big Sis took pictures with my phone. She used the Retrica app, which comes with a ton of crazy filters, and yes, she used them! It was fun, though. We Instagrammed quite a few, too.

The old Innes / Macy's department store building. When I was little, we would park in the
big garage and take the walkway across. It was always the best shopping experience.
The girls are jealous.

I love the sculptures downtown.

There are lots of construction projects happening downtown. The old Union Station and the old
Rock Island Depot (pictured above) are being worked on right now.

Under the overpass. 

More shots from downtown.

Shopping locally: we stopped at the Spice Merchant, which is housed in the old Mentholatum building, and bought tea.
We stopped at The Donut Whole for donuts, and to say hi to old Joyland Amusement Park memorabilia.
We ventured to Watermark Books & Cafe, where I added stuff (ahem, Pioneer Girl) to my birthday wishlist. (It's August 3rd.)

Historic homes and buildings and the park in the College Hill neighborhood

Wichita's oldest and most fascinating homes are in the Historic Midtown area.

The Dunbar was Wichita's African-American movie theatre. It is being restored, and this mural, a recent addition, is amazing. 
We visited gorgeous Maple Grove Cemetery. Most of Wichita's founders are across the street in Highland, but we visited there last time. James R. Mead, a founder, is in the mausoleum in the lower lefthand corner, and I finally found A.A. Hyde's simple headstone. Hyde was the creator of Mentholatum and one of the city's most important early philanthropist's. In fact, he was responsible for this cemetery!

Big Sis borrowed my "I'm A Keeper" t-shirt for the day.

The Wichita Eagle provided some helpful articles in planning our history day, "Ten ways to celebrate Wichita's 145th birthday"and "Photos: Celebrating Wichita's 145th birthday." The Historic Preservation Alliance keeps a great list of "Historic Landmarks of Wichita." I also made a weird playlist of Wichita-related stuff, including the first Pizza Hut commercial, which you can view here.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I Like Mermaids (Little Sis Tuesday - on Wednesday)

It's time for Little Sis Tuesday, except it's actually Wednesday. Someone has a busy social life these days, and that someone isn't me! She did have me take a few pictures yesterday, however, and today she wants to tell you about them. - Danzel

This is my mermaid toy. She's new! Her name is Shelly. And this is a Disney Ariel toy I got separately. [She got it at a thrift store the other day. It's incomplete, but she wanted to use it for her new My Magical Mermaid. - Danzel]

I love mermaids, and when I grow up, I want to be a mermaid. Mermaids are one of my favorite magical creatures.

Her tail moves when she's in the water.

My mommy made us some mermaid tales with some towels and rubber bands.

I went to Pirate and Mermaid Camp this year. It was fun. We played lots of games and wore costumes and made crafts. This is some mermaid art I made there.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel,
adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2012.

It took nearly three years, but I finally got around to this! The graphic novel adaptation of my most favorite book in the universe, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.

The graphic novel was adapted and illustrated by comic artist Hope Larson. I'm becoming more comfortable with the format. In the past, comic books and graphic novels were a bit too busy for me. As they've grown in popularity, however, I'm making much more of an effort to read some.

And how does the graphic novel adaptation of this Newbery classic fare?

I have read this book many times, and listened to L'Engle's own audiobook version. Once upon a time, I attempted to watch the complete wreck of a TV movie ABC aired a decade ago, but eek.

The problem with movies of beloved books, of course, is they are often so different from what you picture in your head. That may be one reason I put off reading this book.

I didn't mind the illustrations, however. Larson's illustrations are cartoonish enough that they didn't interfere with the mental images I've developed of characters and places over time. The lack of color helps, too.

She streamlines the story well, using illustrated panels to move the story along, just as a good comic artist should. I know I'm very familiar with the source material, and I do hope a young reader would not read this in place of the original book, but if this would serve as someone's introduction to A Wrinkle in Time, it shouldn't be confusing at all. The whole story is there.

I adore Mrs. Whatsit and her sprained dignity.


Visiting the Happy Medium.

Arriving on Camazotz, where everyone is "exactly alike," although as Meg points out, "Like and equal are not the same thing at all!"

My beloved Aunt Beast! (Ever notice my Pinterest URL?) Larson's illustrations match L'Engles's descriptions. I never really tried to picture Aunt Beast and his/her fellow creatures. I'm satisfied with this.

I was not disappointed by this book at all. I would say it exceeded my expectations. I think I'll check out the graphic novel shelves at the library regularly from now on.

Note; Little Sis Tuesday will either happen later today, or get pushed back to tomorrow. She's a very busy girl, having a busy time with friends right now. 

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