by Kelley Smoot Garrett, Hollywood, California
By the time the reader has finished this third page of text and embellishment, the table has been laid for the feast that is to come: we know our protagonist and heroine, Princess April Morning-Glory’s birth and her upbringing – all important establishing characteristics that must be illuminated, as it were, to set the unfolding story in its proper context.
As we read along in the coming year, we will discuss further who might have been Letitia’s inspiration for the various characters and portraits contained in the illustrations, but for now let’s start with our heroine: Who was the inspiration for Princess April Morning-Glory?
The short answer is that we’re not entirely certain of any character’s provenance, but as we go along we’ll suggest our favorites, and you, dear readers, can suggest your ideas, too (by leaving a Comment, below.)
As the family member who was fortunate to be the right age, at the right time, and able to spend the most time with Letitia, at all points of our lives together, I’m going to postulate, with tongue a bit in cheek, while open to the possibility that it could have happened in some fashion, that Letitia reached into the future and derived inspiration for Princess April Morning-Glory from her great-granddaughter Audrey.
Here is a side-by-side comparison, so that you can see for yourself the rather uncanny resemblance between the 1941 illustration of Princess April Morning-Glory and the 2013 photo of Audrey, the author’s great-granddaughter.
See what I mean?? Like I said, I don’t how Letitia pulled it off, but I’m open to the idea that if anyone could, Letitia could.
Till next week, dear readers.