Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Retelling Stories

Baby is having a hard time getting into The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy. It's an old book, part of a series about a girl witch attending Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches.

We found the Web site for the TV show, based on the series. "Didn't you like Harry Potter? It's the same premise - boy/ girl attend academy to learn the craft, makes friends and enemies, and emerges as a hero," I said.

That piqued Baby's interest a bit. Sometimes it's not the story that counts, but how it's being retold that captures people's imagination?

J.K Rawling used the bones of a plot that had already been explored by others, but the voice and creativity she brought made it such that it sounded like new again. And in the process, she revived children's interest in books.

In line with the theme of retelling of stories, I'm posting a link to the story of our trip to Sun City here. However, I'm not adding anything else to the tale.

The article was initially submitted to Ezine Articles as part of the LK Summer Article Challenge.

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