Thursday, 22 March 2012
Digital reading in the wilds
Lily the pink fairy armadillo bought herself a reading tablet duty free on her recent trip to Argentina. This means that as the ratadilloes loll about on the heatproof board in the bottom of the bath, and dusk falls, Lily can still see the words. On hand is a bucket of cold in case her babies begin to cook.
Reading cautionary tales from Struwwelpeter, Lily wonders whether the children will sleep a wink after hearing 'The Dreadful Story About Harriet and the Matches'. She flicks over to Just So Stories, and begins 'The Beginning of the Armadilloes': This, O Best Beloved, is another story of the High and Far-Off Times. In the very middle of those times was a Stickly-Prickly Hedgehog, and he lived on the banks of the turbid Amazon, eating shelly snails and things. . .
'Shelly snails! We want shelly snails for tea!' comes a cry from the bath tub.
Lily switches off the reading device and picks up the towels, hoping that Ratty will have the grass-grub goulash ready to serve by the time she and the littlies have trotted home across the paddocks.