(written and illustrated by E, age 5-and-almost-a-half)
She lived in a tall, tall castle.
After a few steps of walking, the princess came to a forest. After a few trees, there were four more trees. Behind those four trees, there was a lion. The lion wanted to eat the princess.
The lion immediately turned into a prince!
Then, the princess and prince walked towards each other.
Then the princess took the princess to her castle and showed him around.
Then the princess and the prince got into their wedding clothes. The princess's wedding clothes were yellow and the prince's wedding clothes were indigo.
Even the garden was beautiful. The workers planted beautiful flowers for the princess and prince. There was even a unicorn in the garden and only the princess and prince could see her.
They were Irish dancing.
After the wild and long party, the whole family went to sleep. And they lived happily ever after.
Don't you find her story so charming? It made me really happy for at least four reasons:
1) she put an incredible amount of time and creativity into this book project, and from the very beginning it was always her plan to make this book just to give it away. It makes me swell with mama-pride.
2) And regarding the mama-pride: E really did this on her own. All I did was stitch five folded sheets of printer paper into a piece of construction paper with a scrap of ribbon; and later, type the narrative as she dictated it to me. She conceived and executed the whole story line and the illustrations.
3) All that reading we do together is clearly sinking in. Girlfriend knows the elements of a story! And all the classic tropes required in standard fairy-tale fare, too.
4) It's so her: her five-year-old, filled with wonder brain, put to paper. An invisible unicorn? And the princess wants to go for a walk so she asks her mom and dad? I love it.
And now, Bri, it's in the sealed box, and tomorrow a love-filled and eccentric care package will be on its way to you. We hope you enjoy it. (And thank you for all of you who made suggestions on what to include. Lollipops, silly bands and silly putty are all inside!)
Now tell me, dear friends, what amazing projects have your kids been working on lately? I want to have ideas on hand for the next time she wants to tackle something involved like this, although I'm sure there is also more bookbinding in my future.