I lack imagination.
When I was growing up, some people told me they were sure I was going to be a writer. While this always thrilled me, I knew it would never happen.
I can’t make up stories.
I always dreaded writing assignments that required fiction. You want an essay on Shakespeare? Done-just let me know how many pages. You’d like me to detail a childhood memory? I guarantee that you’ll be able to see, smell, taste, touch and hear everything I did. You want me to craft a story featuring characters and a central conflict in a setting that I’ve dreamed up?
No can do.
I can accept my lack of imagination, but I don’t want my deficit to affect Philip’s ability to think and act creatively. Fortunately for me, there are many talented authors out there, carefully selected as part of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program, who can fill the gap for me.
Jack, from the backseat, said to his dad,
This car is OK. This car is not bad. But it’s just a car.
Nothing great. Nothing grand.
It’s nothing at all like the car I have planned.
Whereas I can only visualize cars I’ve already seen, Jack describes a fantasy car that comes complete with a futuristic Plexiglas dome, the ultimate in safety features, an Instant Snack Bar, and a pool. But this is more than a car. With the push of a button, Jack’s vehicle will float on water, submerge underneath it or fly through the air.
Jack knows that all of these comforts might distract a person from driving. He has that problem solved:
Robert the Robot will take the controls . . .
And he’s guaranteed not to hit telephone poles.
This lilting rhyme is just one example of Van Dusen’s delightful writing. Add in the colorful illustrations that evoke the 1950s and it’s no wonder this book was awarded the 2006 E.B. White Read Aloud Award.
Even though I’m not adept at making up stories, there is one thing that I can imagine:
Reading this book to Philip again and again.
The Day 30 task for #31dbbb at Yeah Write is to write a review post. I’m linking this post to this week’s challenge grid.