Wednesday, 4 May 2016

May the Fourth be with you, Alice.

Did you know, that in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Alice dreams that the day she visits Wonderland is May the Fourth?

In Chapter 6, Pig and Pepper, Alice decides to visit the March Hare instead of the Hatter, her reasoning being:
“I’ve seen hatters before,” she said to herself; “the March Hare will be much the most interesting, and perhaps as this is May it won’t be raving mad – at least not so mad as it was in March.” 

In Chapter 7, A Mad Tea-Party, the Hatter asks Alice:
“What day of the month is it?” Alice considered a little, and then said, “The fourth.”

Alice Pleasance Liddell, who was Lewis Carroll’s inspiration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and was also the recipient of the first version of the book, was born on May 4th, 1852. Carroll filled the story with all sorts of references to people and places and things that Alice would recognise, and the birthday shout-out is the perfect example.

So why not celebrate Alice Liddell's birthday (which also just happens to be Star Wars Day) by picking up a copy of either Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland or the Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland Colouring Book?

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