In the tale “Thumbelina,” a witch gives a magic barleycorn to a woman who then plants it. The barleycorn turns into a tulip like flower, which is weird enough, but when it opens . . . there’s a little girl inside. Let’s not dwell on the science behind this natural
wonder. We’ll call it magic ’cause that’s what makes it a fairy tale, right? I designed this crocheted-flower-that-turns-into-a-little-girl because what kind of fairy-tale book would this be without a little magic?
By Brenda K. B. Anderson
|Photography by Joe Hancock|