April 22 is The Earth Day.
My choice for the Earth Day Reading Project was the book “Through the Looking Glass”, by Lewis Carroll. I liked the humor of Lewis Carroll. Since then, when my children were young, we loved this book.The children laughed when I read them (of course, in Russian translation):
`I said you looked like an egg, Sir,' Alice
`And some eggs are very pretty, you know, she added, hoping to turn her remark
into a sort of a compliment. `Some
people,' said Humpty Dumpty, looking away from her as usual, `have no more
sense than a baby!'
Alice didn't know what to say to this: it wasn't at all like conversation, she thought, as he never said anything to her; in fact, his last remark was evidently addressed to a tree - so she stood and softly repeated to herself:
`Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall:
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King's horses and all the King's men
Couldn't put Humpty Dumpty in his place again.'
`That last line is much too long for the poetry,' she added, almost out loud, forgetting that Humpty Dumpty would hear her. `Don't stand there chattering to yourself like that,' Humpty Dumpty said, looking at her for the first time,' but tell me your name and your business.' `My name is Alice
, but -'
`It's a stupid name enough!' Humpty Dumpty interrupted impatiently. `What does it mean?' `must a name mean something?' Alice
asked doubtfully. `Of
course it must,' Humpty Dumpty said with a sort laugh: `my name means the shape
I am - and a good handsome shape it is, too. With a
name like your, you might be any shape, almost.'
The book, about the Looking Glass world, describes all the familiar emotions: joy and sadness, fear and trust, resentment and perseverance, curiosity and perseverance.
Many adults and children love this story. Some people find a reflection of their fantasies in it , and other people endowed with artistic talent are inspired to realize their creative ideas. Working in the garden in the rain and cold, summer and fall, I try to make a beautiful garden and so my ideas have been achieved.
So we enjoy the priceless gift that the English mathematician Lewis Carroll made for people more than a century ago.