People generally link Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There with younger readers. In fact, it has long been been considered to be a children’s classic. However, I’m one of those people who believes in the ability of books to shift meaning as we change and grow—like how I get something new every time I read Nancy Drew. Of course the fact that we read these two books at all goes to show how meaning can shift. Carroll (Dodgson) wrote the books with the original intent of showing how obsurd abstract modern math concepts are. I totally get this complaint of his. Most of the abstract stuff doesn’t make sense to me either, letting me really bond with Alice on this level.
Both Wonderland and Looking-Glass are able to prove this idea of books changing as we change. While children might just see the fun and madness, young adults or even adults in general can see the ideas about being lost in a world that makes little to no sense or having to follow rules that cannot be fully understood. These issues are common to life after childhood, which is what makes this book a tried and true YA classic in my eyes.
Bring It to Life (BITL)!
Have a tea party (duh!)
This Bring It to Life segment is rather straightforward and obvious. The mad tea party is one of the most iconic scenes in this world. Therefore, it is only suiting to have a mad tea party of your own.
- What You’ll Need:
TEA (be sure to have plenty varieties and don’t be afraid to mix and match tea bags), a fun and zany tea pot, mismatched tea cups (it’s no fun if they match as a set!), and plenty of strawberry-based tarts and pastries.
- What You Might Want:
I personally love to get my cat involved with mad tea parties as it really helps to set the scene. She obviously doesn’t quite get it, but she loves having a tea cup full of milk and her favorite treats arranged in a heart shape on a saucer. If you happen to have an actual rabbit or mouse for a pet, that’s even better!