The Children's Book Garden

Reading and weeding through the best and worst of children's literature

Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman December 22, 2009

A sweet lullaby of a book, Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman lyrically weaves a prayerful blessing to what seem to be goddesses for the protection and self-fulfillment of a little girl, who is pictured in various iterations of diversity and age.

Words can be worrisome,

people complex,

motives and manners unclear

Grant her the wisdom to choose her path right,

free from unkindness and fear.

Illustrated in big, abundant strokes by Charles Vess, each page’s pictures swell from the paper with the music of the words. The book enchants my daughter, and it would make a great gift for any little girl or for a newborn.

And again, the British are ahead of the game – as I said, the girl is sometimes white-skinned, sometimes not.

The only question I have is what the heck is a blueberry girl? If anyone figures this out, or talks to Neil Gaiman anytime soon, let me know.