This year marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece, Alice in Wonderland.
This work has always been one of my favorites. It’s full of so many important lessons and lines – and magic – that I think all children should live by and believe in. Scratch that. That everyone should live by and believe in.
Dancing flowers, shrinking potions, magical tea parties, and talking white rabbits might not be real, but life is much more beautiful if we’re able to occasionally see the world we live in through a wonderland-focused lens.
On my first visit to London, my dear friend Leigh Anne and I made a trip to The British Library, where Carroll’s original Alice manuscripts were on display. I was so giddy with excitement, and spent well over an hour just studying them as closely as I could. She practically had to drag me away so we could see the rest of the city before we catching our coach back to Canterbury!
A year later, she sent me this vintage, illustrated pressing of Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass that she found at a used bookstore in England with a little note on the inside cover, reminding me of that special day. This copy is far and away my most treasured!
What were some of the stories you relied on as a child to take you away to magical lands?