i’m always discovering beautiful and thought provoking things over on brain pickings. author maria popova says this is one of her favorite posts and it’s one of mine too.
in 2011, maria came upon an italian edition of a little known story by a very young mark twain. written in 1865, and featuring artwork by russian-born illustrator vladimir radunsky, the book playfully, and beautifully, encourages girls to think independently. last year maria brought the book to america. (you can get your copy here. i just got mine.)
i am in love with these images. and this playful text. and with the concept. and with the fact that it was done in 1865. and that it was written by a thirty year old mark twain!