Monday, April 20, 2009

"Blueberry Girl": for a girl's happy life

This charming video has been floating around on the web today. It's a quick reading of a new children's book called "Blueberry Girl," written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Charles Vess. The book was originally written for Tori Amos' daughter Tash (she is Gaiman's goddaughter). Gaiman is the author of books like Stardust, The Dangerous Alphabet, and Anansi Boys.

The book is really a wish for little girls, that they have a happy life. I'm going to repost the same section that BoingBoing did, because it really gives you a taste of how touching the book is:

"...Dull days at forty, false friends at fifteen;
Let her have brave days and truth.
Let her go places that we've never been;
Trust and delight in her youth.

Ladies of Grace, and Ladies of Favour,
And Ladies of Merciful Night,
This is a prayer for a Blueberry Girl,
Grant her your Clearness of Sight.

Words can be worrisome, people complex;
Motives and manners unclear.
Grant her the wisdom to choose her path right,
Free from unkindness and fear.

Let her tell stories, and dance in the rain,
Somersaults, tumble and run;
Her joys must be high as her sorrows are deep,
Let her grow like a weed in the sun..."


And now, the reading. Please enjoy:

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