Imaginary Worlds from Children’s Literature by Kristen den Hartog
“Whoville is a floating dust speck planet teeming with minuscule Whos discovered by Horton the Elephant, the only one who can hear the creatures’ tiny voices. “I know,” called the voice, “I’m too small to be seen. But I’m mayor of a town that is friendly and clean. Our buildings, to you, would seem terribly small, but to us, who aren’t big, they are wonderfully tall.” (Horton Hears a Who by Dr Seuss)
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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