Tuesday, June 7, 2011
When I was a child, our books mostly came from somewhere else.
Somehow it felt as if life was really happening somewhere else, not in Aotearoa- New Zealand.
How different it is today.
Our children are growing up with a plethora of wonderful books written by New Zealand writers, set in our own amazing land.
Margaret Mahy is one of our amazing writers. She is most certainly a wonderful word witch of great magic.
I remember asking once, in a school staffroom, where Margaret Mahy lived and when a colleague suggested Banks Peninsula, another added "Margaret Mahy? Doesn't she live down the bottom of the garden?"
While her books are definitely rooted in our own land, she leads us into a fantasy world of fun and adventure.
You are a treasure Margaret Mahy.
Posted by Joan Browning