by Danny Garrett, Eukiah, California
This particular page is almost evenly split between an important establishing illustration and the narrative flow of calligraphy and illumination. The two parts work together in interesting ways. What is ‘established’ is that Princess April is now a little girl, thanks in large part to the attentiveness of her nurse. She is now a little person with intelligence and mobility, ready to go out and interact with the world. A butterfly not only shows up to witness the moment, but at the same time reminds us of the scale of April’s world.
The hand written narrative continues, and with seven illuminations describes how the nurse prepares her for the day.
These illuminations range all the way from simple glyphs (the stars), through simple illustrations (the cobweb and comb),
to sophisticated images of a morning scene and a lovely vignette of roses. It’s almost progressive, and points the way ahead.