Copyrights © 2019 Beatrice Bowles | Chapter 1, page 1
Audio preview of Spark Catchers
Excerpt from Little Man:
Long ago in Russia, in a green valley far from the ice blue sea, Queen Wiseheart gave birth to twin daughters. King Wiseheart was so happy that he named them Loveliness that Shines and Jewel Without a Price. But the king worried about protecting his daughters, so he built a high wall around the palace, then a higher one, and then a higher one still. And yet he still worried, so he hired seventy-seven indoor nurses, seventy-seven outdoor nurses, and seventy-seven guards to guard the walls.
One day, when Loveliness that Shines and Jewel without a Price were out picking flowers in the garden, a whirling cloud of shadow and light swept down and blinded the nurses and guards. When the whirlwind vanished, so had the princesses. Queen and King Wiseheart grieved day and night. Fiddle and flute fell silent. Every day felt like winter.