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150 Years of Alice in Wonderland – World Book Day

Alice-Feat

Originally Posted on the Official Green Door DP Blog

Celebrating 150 years of Alice in Wonderland and World Book Day is a beautiful consortium. Inspiring children to read and develop their imagination is just what Lewis Carroll was doing when he created Wonderland. How many of us have dreamed of falling? I’m sure some have even seen talking rabbits, and sat getting high with forgetful caterpillars. For me, there was madness that seeped from the pages in glorious language and imagery. Of course we have our favourite characters and scenes, most confused with the Disney adaptation, but to give Disney it’s due, which won’t happen often, they did capture the crazy surrealism of the story, perhaps even a little more coherently. With our favourite characters come our favourite illustrated editions, usually the one(s) we grew up with. Mine was the Gwynedd M Hudson (1985) edition, first published by Hodder & Stoughton as a limited edition in 1922. But my most treasured edition is my Fascimile copy of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground (British Library, 2009 – a gift from my husband), the original text written in Lewis Carroll’s own hand with his original illustrations of the characters as he imagined them. I became so passionate about Alice in Wonderland that my collection grew almost overnight and when I became pregnant, before we found out we were having a boy, the name we had chosen for a girl was Alice.

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