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Recently, my own book was the subject matter for a contest that Make Magazine hosted, whereupon the entry of the best childhood fort/cabin story would win a copy of my book. Well, the contest is now long over, but in the lengthy reply thread to the post, one woman stated that the feel of my book reminded her of a long-ago released children’s book titled “Andrew Henry’s Meadow”- which I had never heard of.
Several Google and Amazon searches later, and I know own an old-school copy, and the book is everything she trumped it up to be. Amazing illustrations, and clever cabins and forts, all intertwined into the tale of a boy who runs away from home because his parents won’t stand for his incessant construction projects.
Its a kids book, but I can’t help but to re-pick up the book now and then to look at the beautiful ink sketches within- and some of the outlandish cabins contained in the story- an underground house, a tiny bridge-over-a-river cabin, a circular tree fort for birdwatching….
Apprarently the book was re-released somewhat recently too! Not surprised- and I’m glad someone took the initiative…
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