Writer Neil Gaiman and illustrator Charles Vess have collaborated on some incredible works in the past with Sandman and Stardust. In Blueberry Girl, the story began as a beautiful and positive wish for a friend of Gaiman’s, a mother to be. Now with the carefully chosen words of Gaiman, and the lush, fresh, and moving art and color of Charles Vess, everyone can enjoy this tale.
It is the story of a young girl, a baby at first, who must grow to adulthood and is wished on every step of the way to be treated well, to experience life to its fullest, to follow her dreams, to have good times and bad, highs and lows. There is some classic Gaiman mythology with the opening page: “Ladies of light and ladies of darkness and ladies of never-you-mind, this is a prayer for a blueberry girl,” a clear reference to the fates; there’s even a quaint fairytale reference: “Keep her from spindles and sleeps at sixteen.”
Blueberry Girl is a book to be cherished and kept for generations, passed down from mother to daughter to granddaughter. It is a story to inspire the best in a young girl and give parents the utmost hope and respect for her. It is a fable that will only get better each time you read it or tell it to a young one.
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Originally written on April 16th 2009 ©Alex C. Telander.