Which witch? Mrs. Which!


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There was a faint gust of wind, the leaves shivered in it, the patterns of moonlight shifted, and in a circle of silver something shimmered, quivered, and the voice said, "I ddo nott thinkkk I willl matterrialize commpletely. I ffindd itt verry ttirinngg, andd wee hhave mmuch ttoo ddoo." (pg 52).

And that, my bookish friends, is the first we see of the massively rad and magical Mrs. Which.


Mrs. Which embodies one of the most memorable and unique aspects of the book A WRINKLE IN TIME - magical awesomeness. She often appears as a shimmer and her speech is drawn out and sets her apart from everyone else within the story. She's got more knowledge than any of the other characters (okay, except maybe Charles Wallace but NO ONE has more knowledge than that kid) yet she allows them to discover the answers on their own with little nudges along the way. She has high expectations of the children because they are capable of GREAT THINGS. She knows that and she allows them to find that out for themselves.

Did I mention that she appears as a shimmer? Okay, just making sure you picked up that little tidbit of awesomeness. 

Sure, there are tons of magical and awesome things that go down throughout A Wrinkle In Time, but for me it all comes back to Mrs. Which.

If you haven't read this series yet, I recommend it as highly as I possibly can. It's magical and creative and beautiful and wonderful and absolutely breathtaking. It's just so classic and timeless. You can read it if you're 8, 18, 28, 58 or 108. You will adore Meg, Calvin (swoooooon), Charles Wallace and all of the other intelligent and quirky characters. I just know it. 

If you HAVE read the series, you will love the 50th Anniversary Edition. It's got all the glory of the original, as well as some fantastic extra nuggets of goodness. 

About the 50th Anniversary edition:
The 50th Anniversary Commemorative edition features:

       Frontispiece photo*†
       Photo scrapbook with approximately 10 photos*†
       Manuscript pages*†
       Letter from 1963 Caldecott winner, Ezra Jack Keats*†
       New introduction by Katherine Paterson, US National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature  †
       New afterword by Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter Charlotte Voiklis including six never-before-seen photos †
       Murry-O’Keefe family tree with new artwork †
       Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery acceptance speech

* Unique to this edition                † never previously published

To see all of the other stops on the 50 Years, 50 Days, 50 Blogs celebration, click here!

A special thanks to Big Honcho Media for inviting me to be a part of this. I LOVE this series to the nth degree and I want the world to love it too!

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

5 comments:

  1. I read this one with my sixth grade book club before Christmas, and they also adored it! They are at the right age to really be awed by the magic and the ideas in the novel. We also watched the movie, which I didn't like as much.

    Such a good story, even 50 years later it has withstood the test of time!

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  2. I so need to read this again. It's been a loooong time, and I don't remember much except a general impression. All the buzz has made me want to pick this up again!

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  3. Loooooooove it. Childhood memories!

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  4. Wow, so I know I've HEARD of this book but never even fathomed reading it. I may be needing to read this. I'm a huge fan of shimmery things! Great review!

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  5. I can't believe I've never read this before. I feel like everybody's giving me one of those squinty eye looks trying to make me do it with their minds. I promise I'll read it one day, people.

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