Monday, 18 September 2017

Harriet the Spy - Little Girls in Literature

Here are some illustrations I made depicting my favourite children's book heroine, Harriet the Spy. Harriet the Spy is considered an all-time classic book and was written by Louise Fitzhugh in 1964. Harriet is kind of an eccentric, determined to be a writer, and obsessive about it in that way that only children can be. She's privileged but lonely. She's growing up and it's time for her nanny Ol' Golly to leave her. This happens just when her friends discover her notebook and the secret insights she's made about them and their lives - all of these observations are hilarious, but Harriet is learning that sometimes the truth hurts. She has to work out how to survive all on her own getting revenge on those that stand in opposition to her, but also winning her friends back.  I'm working on a series called #littlegirlsinliterature and I had to start with my personal favourite, Harriet M. Welsh. I spent a few weeks only eating tomato sandwiches for school lunch when the Nickelodeon movie came out. Part of me is still dedicated.

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