I indenitifed with Jane from the first sentence: Jane hated sewing.
However, there’s a lot more to the heroine of Jane and the Dragon written and illustrated by Martin Baynton than a dislike of practising her stitches.
She wants to be a knight but the only one who takes her seriously is the court jester.
There’s a moral to this story about following your dream and not being frightened to do the unexpected, but it’s not heavy handed. This is first and foremost a delightful tale which is beauitifully illustrated.
The inscription in the copy on our daughter’s book shelf shows it was given to her as a Christmas present when she was four. We enjoyed reading it to her, she enjoyed being read to and a few years later, read and re-read it herself.
Back then it was just a book. Jane has now been televised and has a website.
Post 17 in the post a day for New Zealand Book Month challenge.
Over at In A Strange Land Deborah posts on Down in the Forest by Yvonne Morrison, illustrated by Jenny Cooper.
Rob’s been reading Slinkly Malinki by Lynley Dodd.