Episode 7: The Witch of Blackbird Pond with Laura Rocklyn

Houghton Mifflin paperback edition of  The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Houghton Mifflin paperback edition of The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Winner of the 1959 Newbery Medal, The Witch of Blackbird Pond is still widely read and taught in schools today. This book was also a childhood favorite of actress Laura Rocklyn, in a childhood that was filled with books and literary magic. We chat about some of that magic, including the glories of a window seat for reading, searching cupboards for Narnia, and how certain books can immediately make you feel safe and right at home. Plus, some very fun American Girl chat.

You can learn more more about Laura and her work at www.laurarocklyn.com and you can follow her on Instagram @Laura_Rocklyn. For anyone in the greater Boston area, Laura will be “Presenting Miss Austen at Home” for the JASNA Massachusetts Region on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. Tickets are available to non-members.

You can follow both me and the podcast on Instagram @ShapedByStoriesDiane, where I post about the podcast and share other bookish delights. 

Books Mentioned

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

American Girl books

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

The History of British Birds by Thomas Bewick

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge

Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Links & Tidbits

The famous brass andirons - inspiration for tall Alice

"Historical Fiction and the Classroom: History and Myth in Elizabeth George Speare's The Witch of Blackbird Pond" by Sara Schwebel

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Diane Neu