Doing the research for my SLJ piece, “Alice in Wonderland: A Very Important Date” was great fun. That is, it involved finding out what would be coming out this year, what was still in print, and what was not, but still worth including. Having to bring down the list to a manageble number for this Alicephile was not, as you can imagine, easy. Many favorites had to be left out. The published article includes a brief prefatory essay on the book’s history and then an annotated list of recommended books, apps, and even a website for a wide variety of ages. Some are the very newest titles available while others are much older. I hope you all will take a look as even if you think you know all about Alice, you may be surprised!
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I’m a fan of annotating books. Marginalia fascinates me. For decades I’ve introduced my 4th graders to the joy of close reading and annotating by way of Charlotte’s Web. And for my Alice in Wonderland unit I’ve depended very much on Gardner’s annotated edition. In fact, one year I had the kids do their own annotations for the book — they enjoyed doing that tremendously. And so I was delighted to see The Public Domain Review and Medium‘s cool project, an online annotated Alice. They describe it thus:
This collection celebrates the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It includes an annotated edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, commissioned by Medium and created by The Public Domain Review with the assistance of twelve curators, listed below. New chapters will be published on Tuesdays and Thursdays for six weeks beginning July 28. We’re also inviting you to build and share your very own edition of the book on Medium, using the copyright-free text and illustrations we’ve gathered here, your own original art and remixes.
In addition to the annotations there are very cool “remixes” of Tenniel’s original art. Go here to see a list of the scholar curators. Highly recommended.
In 1982 the acclaimed actress Kate Burton launched her career portraying Alice in the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of Alice in Wonderland. With Alice Symphony, Haddock’s Eyes, In Memory of A Summer Day, and other works, Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Del Tredici has conjured the sounds of wonderland throughout his career. In 1968 director Andre Gregory and his The Manhattan Project, a renege troupe of alternative theater performers, flung audience down a reinvented, psychedelic rabbit hole. Today, Monica Edinger, celebrated teacher, author, and blogger at “Educating Alice,” helps us understand in Lewis Carroll’s legacy, creating new stories about inquisitive, intelligent, adventurous children. Four great artists come to the Library to examine the enduring allure and fascination of Alice.
There’s a splendid new Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland exhibit at the Morgan Library here in NYC and you can read my report on it over at The Horn Book Magazine here. The exhibit is up till October so you’ve all got plenty of time to get to it. And I should say, the museum, in addition to this wonderful exhibit, is well worth visiting.
I highly recommend Tom Ashbrook’s On Point podcast, “Alice and the True Story behind a Popular Fantasy” featuring Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, author of The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland, and Carolyn Vega, curator of the opening-next-week Morgan Library exhibit, Alice: 150 years of Wonderland.
(Thanks to Michael Patrick Hearn)