Margaret Wise Brown is one of Hollins University‘s most well known graduates-especially in the children’s book world.
Most famous for Goodnight Moon, her 1942 book The Runaway Bunny, about an adventurous baby bunny and her devoted mama, inspired the first pair of characters to mysteriously appear on campus–right outside the library.
These were all conceived and executed using corrugated, plastic board and acrylic paints by a Fairy Godmother, assisted by her trio of fairy assistants.
As the summer went past, more and more appeared, until at almost every turn you could find another classic or contemporary children’s book character, casually hanging around, sometimes literally!
After Mama and Baby Bunny, we made some more classics: Ferdinand the Bull, Pooh, Piglet and Eeyore, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Wilbur and Charlotte, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Mister Toad
Then we added some characters dreamed up by Hollins professors and guest speakers:
Minna from The Rag Coat, and Skippyjon Jones.
And finally, a whole ‘girl gang’ of our favorite independent females: Tinker Bell,
Madeline, Pippi Longstocking, Olivia, Eloise, Miss Rumphius , and Frances the badger.
Who will appear next summer?
Suggestions are welcome!
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