Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A Scottish Fairytale

We have discovered a wonderful new blog, Chandra's Box of Stars, the home and artistic den of Chandra Cerchione Peltier, showcasing a wonderful range of art and story, as well as this artist's thoughtful reviews on pieces such as "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" in The Wind in the Willows. (I don't know about you, but that was one of my two favorite chapters - the other being the one about the seafarer rat - and I must have read it over and over again as a youth.)

Take a look at Chandra's elfin and faerie marionettes (above, left)! They are a feast of delights. I need to be sure to show them to our poetry editor, who is an inspired puppeteer and an enthusiast of people with strings.

Most recently on her blog, Chandra has posted an illustration (see below) and an excerpt from her children's book set in Scotland of the 1880s, a fairy tale described by the illustrator (Julia Jeffrey) as:

"...a rattling tale, featuring Victorian Oxford dons, Shakespearian fairies, selkies, tortured ghosts, and talking dogs...."

This is definitely worth taking a look. I understand that Chandra Peltier is in the final stages of editing her book, and I am eager to see it. We need more hobgoblins and maverick fairies in contemporary literature!

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