I always love
hearing from readers, but some requests are more unusual than others. I
received this letter from Germany on Friday.
enclosed copies of verses they’ve received from Doris Lessing and Patrick
Modiano, both writers I particularly admire (as well as the minor detail of
being Nobel prize winners). Obviously this has been going for some time, as
Doris Lessing died three years ago – and equally obviously, I could not have
said No even if I’d wanted to!
I wrote a
little verse, and then remembered that I had a picture of giving a baby
rhinoceros a mud bath on a Behind the Scenes tour of the Australia Zoo, the day
of the Return to Nim’s Island premiere. So I wrote another verse about the baby
rhino, and am now trying to decide which one to send.
Now I have to choose one to send off with this bonus photo – which one would you vote for? Let me know in the comments below.
I presume they knew me through these rather lovely editions of Nim's Island and Raven's Mountain.
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