Characterization, Children's Books, and the Magic of Reading

August 31, 2017

Characterization, Children's Books, and the Magic of Reading

This teapot right here might be one of my most treasured possessions. In my mind it's the closest thing to a book character coming to life.
My mom would read me tales from an anthology called Two Minute Bedtime Stories, and my favorite story was "The Rosebud Teapot." Well, imagine my shock when I discovered a rose teapot in my grandmother's cabinet. I truly thought the author had magically made it appear. I loved that teapot!
I'm certain it's not fancy, but to me it represents the tangible qualities a book can give to a reader. Once I'd expressed my infatuation with this teapot, my grandmother made me tea in it every time I visited and, eventually, gave it to me.
When I daily pour tea from this rosebud teapot, I think of that first teapot story. Just one more reason books and beverages are entwined in my mind. 
(Confession-- When I was in 9th grade and read Catcher in the Rye, I wrote a series of poems to Holden Caulfield where I explained my wish for Holden to magically come to life like my teapot. 😄 Ah, junior high... crushes... and bad poetry)