Ch. 18.1 -- All Janine could see were trees, trees, and more trees. “Where’s that stream? I should have found it ages ago.” The ground began to shake. Something rumbled in the distance, but it was getting steadily closer. It sounded like a herd of giant animals coming right at her. Janine gathered Freddie up… Continue reading Jay B. R. Wokky Ch. 18.1 — Lions and Tigers and… Mome Raths, Oh My!
Ch. 11.7 A Banquet Janine’s maid, Helga, scolded her as she shoved her into a plain, floor length gray silk dress and then braided her hair into two stiff plaits, with no ribbons or bows. Helga didn’t bother putting any soothing creams on the scratches and bruises on Janine’s face and arms. Janine didn’t resist.… Continue reading Jay B.R. Wokky Ch 11.7 and 11.8 — A Banquet and The Ball
Ch. 11.4 -- Janine’s sister stood in the doorway. Princess Zelda Mary was stunningly beautiful. Her long, golden hair curled in perfect ringlets, and rosebuds twined in a circlet around her head. Zelda had smooth skin, blue eyes and full red lips, and her long canary-yellow gown shimmered and rustled when she moved. “Seven years… Continue reading Jay B. R. Wokky Ch. 11.4 — The Fight
Ch. 11.1 -- Princess Janine, Ten Years Later Princess Janine normally avoided mirrors. They only served to remind her that her life had been ruined on her name day. Today she had no choice. She scowled at her image as she yanked a brush through her unruly chestnut hair. Her parents had consulted with doctors,… Continue reading Jay B.R. Wokky Ch. 11.1 — Princess Janine, Ten Years Later
Ch. 10.1 -- News of Prince Ezra’s name day spread to the other kingdoms, and the king and queen of Saltonia were taking no chances. Their new daughter’s name day was moved to June. Invitations were checked and double checked. All the important people in Saltonia plus dignitaries from the neighboring kingdoms received an invitation,… Continue reading Jay B.R. Wokky Ch. 10.1 — Another Name Day Goes Wrong
A few nights ago, we went to see Cinderella. What a beautiful movie! The settings and costumes were stunning, rich with color and detail. The acting was good, and I absolutely loved the music. Though Ever After (1998) remains my favorite retelling, I enjoyed this version, even if the prince (Richard Madden) was a little… Continue reading Cinderella
The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo, is a beautiful story, lovingly told, with illustrations by Timothy Basil Ering. It is the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who loves music, stories, and a princess. It is also the story of Roscuro, a rat who lives in the dark of the castle dungeon but yearns… Continue reading The Tale of Despereaux