by Danny Garrett, Austin, Texas
On this page we are treated to a cameo image of Princess April, albeit in a somewhat squarish frame. The portrait itself is quite delicate and very expressive of the situation in which the young fairy princess finds herself.
You can easily see the concern upon her face – Letitia was quite practiced in reading emotion into a facial image, and no where better in this tale than here. This is easily one of my favorite illuminations of April. I just find these illustrative bits delightful, and they are easily worth a page of text in their description of the narrative flow.
Following fast on the cameo portrait, the illustrations continue. What a perfect miniature castle to have illuminate that self-same word. It is just lovely – the crenelated merlons of the towers and the billowing banners simply conjure up our childhood established images of such a place. Crowns, stars and butterflies populate the page as they do so many of the following pages.
But on this page, and no other, are we treated to an image of a group of fellow fairies.