“The Emerald City is at the end of the yellow brick road, in the centre of Oz. ‘I thought,’ the wizard confesses, ‘as the country was so green and beautiful, I would call it the Emerald City, and to make the name fit better I put green spectacles on all the people, so that everything they saw was green.’ (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L Baum)
In my novel The Girl Giant, the main character Ruth loves her rubber boots because they take her through puddles to the shores of a distant land, where trees talk, and flowers grow taller than she does. It’s a make-believe place – an escape from the hardships of being an outcast. I’ve been thinking about the many imaginary worlds of children’s literature, and what an adventure it would be to travel to them.”
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