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Blueberry Girl Paperback – 1 Mar 2010
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'A great baby present' Guardian 'It is really a book for mothers and daughters (whatever their ages) as it celebrates the glory of growing up ... very moving' The Bookseller 'Highly unusual picture book, which would make a good gift for new parents' Jewish Chronicle 'The skilful poetic rhythms and phrases of the word pictures, together with the artfully designed pages and the paintings of the renowned Vess, create a charmingly idealised feel-good factor' The School Librarian
`Highly unusual picture book, which would make a good gift for new parents'
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It feels more to me like a modern day prayer, a celebration of femininity and whilst I'm not claiming that Mr Gaiman has magical powers, it reminded me of the good fairies in the tale of Sleeping Beauty and that can't be bad.
But anyway, why pigeon-hole the guy?
This book is as whimsical as the synopsis states. It's dreamy, fantastical, innocent and hopeful. After all, it was written as a prayer/blessing/poem for Tori Amos' then unborn daughter. So one would hope that the message contains wishes of bright futures and desires fulfilled. This is the whole point.
But if you're worried that this might be just a sugar-coated book full of too many cliches, then don't panic. This is not your average fairy-tale, (nor is it the length of one). Blueberry girl represents strength, independence, courage and finding your own way in life. More Tatterhood than Cinderella.
In my opinion this book is absolutely perfect as a keepsake for a daughter. It's the type of book that I would want to keep as some sort of modern day heirloom, a message to be passed onto different generations of girls.
I have just bought two copies, one for each of my friends' new born baby daughters.
It's very short (I can now see why it was originally pinned up to a wall on one piece of paper). But this doesn't matter in the slightest. The illustrations by Charles Vess are incredibly beautiful and are (in my opinion) what turns this short verse into an actual book.
It is for children, but I would happily buy a copy for myself!
And if you can delight in the genius of Neil Gaiman whatever subject matter he writes about, then you will still enjoy the spirit of this book even if you don't have a little girl to buy for.
If you are looking for an unusual, original and beautiful gift for a little girl, then this is an absolute treasure.
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