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Today’s post was a tip off from Beth at elizabethannewrites. I love all the links and connections one makes in the Kidslit blogosphere, so thanks Beth 😉 At Share a Story Shape a Future they have had a week of “Unwrapping the gift of Literacy” with various creative prompts. I selected to respond to the following prompt, which would also be wonderful to use in the classroom. Do check out their site.
If you could write a letter to a friend, beloved book character, author, parent, teacher, what would you say about how/why they’re influenced your reading life?
I have written a letter to Nancy from Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons.
I know I should probably mention the other five children, but you were truly the one that captured my heart. The captain of the Amazons – such a feisty, swashbuckling heroine, I just knew as soon as we “met” on your first encounter with the Swallows, that we would be friends. You were truly a tomboy after my own heart. Your adventures were my adventures. I came with you on each of your escapades in the heart of the English Lake District, which I loved so much, and beyond.
When I visited Lake Windermere and gazed across at “Wild Cat Island”, everything seemed possible to my believing heart. I can picture the camp site near the bay and smell the pemmican and grog picnics. What fun adventures we had. Do you remember heading up the fell and coming upon those strange charcoal burners? My adventurous, daring spirit found a real soul-mate in you, that has remained with me into adulthood.
I have to tell you that you were the one who inspired my obsession with islands. Real and fictional islands seem to have always played a role in my life since the days of “Swallows and Amazons”. You were pretty emancipated for a young girl in the 1920’s, which is I guess why some might have seen you as a little dominant. I personally liked your spunk. I don’t think you all would have had so many adventures if you hadn’t been open to pushing the normal parameters a little.
I have already introduced you to many of my younger friends and will continue to do so. Thank you for your life long companionship.