Watch Where You’re Reading

Watercolor painting, April 2018

Sitting down, standing up, legs crossed, these little ones have their own reading positions, like you and I. We switch from sofa to chair, chair to bed, we lie down, and then we sit. No matter how many times we move wherever we are or shift positions, we know that our minds are someplace else with our imagination flying, singing, roaring. So be careful where you’re sitting, be observant where you’re going, for you may be perched on a leaf of a bean stalk or you may be walking along a yellow brick road. Dear reader, Watch Where You’re Reading!

This is a tiny series of mine called Watch Where You’re Reading. Sometimes, when I’m reading, it can get quite hard for others to get my attention. I may be sitting with my legs crossed on a couch, but my mind is in a tesseract, in Narnia, or the Shire. So this project touches on how our imagination plays and we go on adventures when reading silently (or out loud!) in place. This also encourages young ones to read, which is why I chose children as the subjects, interacting with prominent characters or settings in books.

WWYR1
Inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince
WYRR2
Inspired by Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz
WWYR4
Inspired by Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot
WWYR6
Inspired by E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web
WWYR8
Inspired by the tale Jack and the Beanstalk
WYRR3
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid
WWYR5
Inspired by C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia
WWYR7
Inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden

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