Commonplace Entry - Living Things Have Shadows

my commonplace book (or rather, one of them!)

A thoughtful quote from Rumer Godden to add to my definition of a living book:

"Rumer always deplored the idea that books for children, even very young ones, should be relentlessly cheerful - 'perhaps the reason why these books are so lifeless is that living things have shadows'."
 - Anne Chisolm in Rumer Godden: A Storyteller's Life p. 249

 From joy to joy,


  1. That is so right on the spot! I realize now why some children books with no so predictable or cheerful endings are some of my favorites... and the girls too, because they are more alive.

  2. I have really enjoyed Rumor Godden's books.