“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Says the Queen to Alice, perfectly reflecting the upside down world that is Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s story, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It is loaded with promise for what is possible; for what may come. July 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
These ‘impossible things’ that Queen speaks of illuminate the endless possibilities contained in the book and are part of why the story has endured. It is one of the most influential children’s books in modern history.
In a world dominated by Disney and Nickelodeon, classics such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland can be lost amongst the noise of Frozen and Spongebob. The story has inspired a huge body of work, both in book cover designs and other mediums which are beyond the realm of children’s literature.
The 150th anniversary of publication is the perfect time to remind ourselves of the creative value of this classic children’s story, and what this means for our children. Juliette O’Conor, Children’s Research Librarian at the State Library Victoria says “The first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was pivotal in changing perceptions of children’s fiction, until then there was a very strong sense of moral purpose in literature for children.”
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This article was written by Collette Beck and was first published on Essential Kids website.
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