When I was in kindergarten, I penned and illustrated my first (and only) book. The protagonist was a butterfly and I vaguely remember crayons being involved in the production of said book. The teacher was so impressed that she laminated it to give to my parents. I’m pretty sure my mother still has it stashed away in her house–in safe keeping, I hope!
What got me thinking about this was a recent story I heard on NPR, “Small Book, Big Story: Bronte Manuscript Discovered.”
Next month, the auction house Sotheby’s will sell one such manuscript produced by a 14-year-old Charlotte, estimated to fetch $315,000 to $475,000. The magazine is tiny, “half the size of a credit card,” Gabriel Heaton, deputy director of books and manuscripts at Sothebys, tells NPR’s Linda Wertheimer, and designed to be the right size for the Bronte children’s toy soldiers. Its 19 pages are crammed with more than 4,000 words — short stories, news, even advertisements — discernible only by magnifying glass.
Granted, Charlotte had about 9 years up on me but her “childhood book” seems so much more crafted than my own (well-played, Bronte, well-played). But I digress. When I read about this and saw the photos, I wasn’t surprised. My opinion is that talented people show talent throughout their lives and in various forms.
I am curious to hear other people’s personal anecdotes about themselves or stories they’ve heard about famous writers, painters, etc.