Magical Matilda

Thank you to Rochelle for posting Ted’s picture as this week’s prompt for Friday Fictioneers.
There are magical adventures for children in books, and in our library a lively reading group for children encourages their imagination to flourish. My fiction this week plays with the idea of being transported into the world of stories.

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PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz

Magical Matilda

Magical Matilda related stories to children in the library, and her incantations transported them to many places.

They felt sand between their toes as they watched turtles shuffle along the Barbados beach.
She talked about polar bears as the children shivered and huddled in an Igloo and rubbed noses with Eskimos wearing furry parkas.
In India, they rode elephants and picked tea leaves in Assam among one-horned Rhinos. 

Matilda’s magical spells failed when the Pied Piper stole her children in Hamelin, and siblings became ill, nibbling on gingerbread in a German forest.

Terrified, Matilda hid in a cuckoo’s nest.

36 responses to “Magical Matilda

  1. Hopefully Matilda can conjure up a book of magick spells to reverse the negative ones. 🙂

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  2. I guess not all stories have happy endings. But the unhappy endings can teach us too, things we need to know

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  3. Oh dear! Quick! Someone grab another book to get them out of that story!

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  4. Wanted, dead or alive, One Piper. Nicely done.

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  5. It looks like the magical rides to others places has ended.
    Nice write, James. Have a wonderful weekend …
    Isadora 😎

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  6. There’s a kiddies book called The Rescuers by Margery Sharp. Hopefully, there’s a copy in the library!

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  7. Oops! That’s the trouble with fairy stories, full of kidnappings and death.

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  8. it would have been nice if she has the spell to get them back to reality as well.

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  9. I like your mixing of so many different stories, especially with magical Matilda hosting them. I hope she recovers quickly from her breakdown.

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  10. Oooooo a creepily magically tale. Poor Matilda tried.

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  11. That can happen. One has to be careful when reading. Loved this.

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  12. I love this for the imagination and the unexpected ending. Matilda should see to setting things right, though.

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  13. Some fairy tales are terrifying. I have hope the magic will heal and rejuvenate Matilda and she’ll be back in the library before too long to continue to entertain the children.

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  14. Dear James,

    It sounds like Matilda’s magic backfired. Enchanting tale.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  15. I hope that Matilda can unravel as well as weave her magic. I really liked all the references in your story.

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  16. The imagination is a powerful thing.

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  17. This is the part of the story where the forces of good step in to help Matilda. I really like this story and would love to see it fleshed out.

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  18. Uh-oh. That’s the danger of real storytelling I suppose. Fun story!

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  19. Reminds me of an episode of Bewitched, Tabitha transported her self into a fairytale. Great build up in the story — safe to dangerous.

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