Saturday, 08 September 2007
Chandra and Her Georg – Part I
One of my two godmothers, given to me in my birth year, 1941, was a friend of the family named Dona Palmer. I hardly know anything about her. But in 1927, long before I was born, she and a friend, Keith Ward, produced a little fairy tale titled, Chandra and Her Georg.
The story was never published. It is contained in a little, six-ring, black binder measuring 4.5 x 6.25 inches that I have carried with me from home to home for decades, spending an evening every year or two reading it through and savoring the illustrations.
Dona wrote the story. Keith penned the text by hand in old-fashioned script and illustrated it with brilliantly vivid watercolors. It is so charming and beautifully done that I have decided to publish it here at The Elder Storytelling Place as a serial.
Each weekend day, Saturday and Sunday, there will be two or three pages of Chandra and Her Georg including the illustrations. The text pages are discolored a bit – but after all, the book is 80 years old.
The pages will sometimes end mid-sentence and you will just need to wait until the next day or the following weekend to find out what comes next.
Here then is the title page and the first illustration.