The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0299 Monday, 17 February 2003
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2003 13:17:22 EST
Subject: 14.0289 The strangest thing happened....
Comment: Re: SHK 14.0289 The strangest thing happened....
A fantastic book recounting the true story of a 5 year old child who
exchanges letters with the fairies over the course of a few summers is a
real testament to the HUGE imagination that children have, should adults
be smart enough to stimulate them at the level they are capable of.
Her letters are left in an old growth covered outdoor fireplace, and the
old man who lives in the cottage next door to her answers on behalf of
the fairies, (never raising her suspicions until she was much older)
quoting Shakespeare and many other sources. The letters are dense, and
do not condescend at all in any way. Treating a child that way (as an
equal when it comes to imagination and with love) raises their
abilities, there is no doubt.
The book is entitled KINGFISHER DAYS by Canadian actor/writer Susan
Coyne, (the girl in the story, she still has all the old man's letters)
and it is available at www.amazon.ca HIGHLY recommended!! It is also
being presented as a staged play, adapted by Ms. Coyne opening in
Toronto at the Tarragon Theatre Feb 25.
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