Sometimes we get guests! And by guests, I mean, people (for some definitions of people) who come into the Book Forest to read lots of lovely stories to whoever happens to be there.
Storytime is an important Book Forest tradition that continues on no matter who’s there to read or be read to, to tell or be told to.
This evening’s special guest chose The Literary Tent, possibly because it just showed up in the Forest a couple of days ago, and possibly because it’s a mite nippy in the Forest this time of year and she felt it was cosier.
But who was tonight’s special guest? You probably will figure it out if you look at the title of the book she’s talking about with all our Book Forest animals. It’s the one and only Gretel of the fairy tale, all grown up and happy to share her story with the world!
She started by introducing herself and letting the animals ask a few questions.
“But why are you wearing jeans?” asked the chocolate bunny
“Because I can.”
“And how come your hair is blonde?” asked the blue-haired unicorn.
“Because it grew that way.”
“Did you really forgive your mum for all that stuff?” asked the adorable grey kitten.
“After years of therapy, sure.” She sensed the questions were going to get tougher. “But that’s all the Q&A we have time for: I want to tell you my story, and also tell you about this magical book!”
“Ooh, it’s a magical book, just like us!” The baby dragon leaned over to nuzzle the griffin sparrow.
“That’s right!” said Gretel. “This is a magic book, because, while I’m going to tell you my story today, I also want to show you how you can come back here and just touch this book, and it will read you the story and even show you pictures!”
The hedgehog in the hat piped up, “Wow! The actual gingerbread house!”
“That’s right. All the pictures in this book are of my actual story, all gathered from the events as they occurred. Don’t ask: it’s magic,” she said, only a little sternly.
“But how does the magic book work?” asked the tall hare.
“All you have to do is touch it and tell it you want to see my story in pictures and hear someone read it to you,” Gretel explained.
“So I could touch it with my horn?” asked the blue-haired unicorn.
“Sure,” said Gretel.
“How about noses?” asked the fat white squirrel.
“That will work too.”
“Antlers?” asked the gruff-voiced reindeer.
“Yep. It all works!”
Everybody was amazed—so amazed that Gretel used the book as she told her story, adding in little bits and pieces that she only tells when she’s speaking to groups in person.
The best part is, she left a copy of the book right here in the book forest, so when you visit, you can hear all about Gretel and her story too.
Do you want your own magical copy of Hansel and Gretel? You can get it on the Second Life Marketplace!
Literary Tent: KraftWork, The Literary Tent (Available at The Liaison Collaborative)
Head: Lelutka, Aida Bento Mesh Head
Skin: The Skinnery, Maite Lelutka Mesh Head Applier, in Snow
Hair: Analog Dog (natch!) Guenevere B, Light Blondes (rare!) (Available at GachaLand)
Blouse: !go! Luba Corset (4)
Trousers: Spirit, Sienna Jeans Black
Shoes: Beyond the Mists, Ribbon tie Dance Shoes
Cats on Gretel: Sweet Thing, Cabootie Cat, Head Plop and Shoulder Bud
Location: Awenia, The Book Forest
Alas, Awenia has drifted back into the mists after our open month of December 2018. You can visit again sometime in May of 2019, we think!
Poses: Bang, Ground Sits
Animals: too many to mention, but if you want to know about specific ones, IM me in world and I’ll try to give you the information you need!
Thanks to the geniuses at Albion ScriptWorks for creating such a whimsical and fun product. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!