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A Wrinkle in Time









My all-time favorite "children's" book is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle.   (It's difficult for me to call it just a children's book because it can be enjoyed by children, teens, and adults!)

I have vivid memories of the first time I ever heard this book back in 1981.  My third grade teacher at Hall-Woodward Elementary, Mr. Clauset, read this book aloud to our class.  Sometimes we'd sit on the carpet while he sat in a rocking chair and other times he'd read while we sat at our desks.  It never mattered where we were sitting because we were all carried away by the story...transfixed by his voice as we traveled with Charles Wallace and Meg to places we'd never imagined.  It was my first introduction to science-fiction which is a genre I still love reading over thirty years later.

I was so excited to receive the 50th anniversary edition last week for our school library.  It's a beautiful edition with deckled edges and many extra features including:

  • 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

I can't wait to introduce this book to my students!  For the majority of them, it may be their first time hearing about this fantastic book!  We'll  compare the 50th anniversary edition to the other two editions we already have in our library.  I'll share my personal experiences with this book and will gush about how much I love it.

I will also be sharing two short videos because all of my students love them!

 The first is the 50th anniversary feature:



The second is a fan made trailer from YouTube:



I will also show my students the website I created in one of my MLS classes as I was learning how to write html code.  It features various covers from the past years as well as a few other fun facts about the book.  Feel free to check it out here.

Other great places to visit as we celebrate this incredible book:

Madeline L'Engle's website

A Wrinkle in Time Facebook page

50 years, 50 days, 50 blogs Celebration

So, what about you?  When did you first read or hear A Wrinkle in Time?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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