Nationally bestselling author Neil Gaiman wrote Blueberry Girl for a friend who was about to become the mother of a little girl. Here, he and beloved illustrator Charles Vess turn this deeply personal wish for a new daughter into a book that celebrates the glory of growing up: a perfect gift for girls embarking on all the journeys of life, for their parents, and for everyone who loves them.
But if you're worried that this might be just a sugar-coated book full of too many cliches, then don't panic. This is not your average fairy-tale, (nor is it the length of one). Blueberry girl represents strength, independence, courage and finding your own way in life. More Tatterhood than Cinderella.
Picked this book up on a whim because I am a fan of Gaiman's other work and it was love at first sight. The illustrations were lovely and showed a diversity of beautiful, strong, young girls as the title 'blueberry girl'. It plays perfectly to Gaiman's strengths of questioning received wisdom and creating a new mythology for a contemporary age, a mythology that draws on historic roots but which looks boldly toward a better future.
, well known author and friend of many in the Mythic Arts community, wrote this poem for the coming birth of the first child for his friend, singer songwriter, . The poem has been illustrated by his friend and mine, , and is being released next month. Charles was sharing the illustration proofs at last year. I knew about the poem, but hadn't read it or seen the drawings. Naturally, as a father of a well loved daughter, when I read it in Charles's booth there, I got pretty choked up with feelings. It Is A Great Poem. Thanks to Neil and Charles for giving this gift to every Blueberry Girl and the people who love them.
Families can talk about the illustrations, and how they fit with the text. Who is the blueberry girl, and who are the different ladies wishing her well? They will also enjoy going through each of the wishes and talking about what each means. Which do you like the best? What wish would you have for the baby girl?