I read this again as a whitebeard myself, soon to disappear. I admire their pansophy. I have yet to achieve such knowledge and in my remaining time will probably fall short of actual membership in the Whitebeard Society.
Certainly, In Tumble’s World was required reading for all those Whitebeards. How else could they have acquired such wisdom?
The writing is filled with lush imagery and imaginative metaphors as well written as anything I have ever read. The author’s knowledge of Frog Hollow’s flora is most impressive for a non-botanist
I long to read this to my son and be able to discuss its themes and life lessons with him. But this cannot be.
It is of course a work viewed as a children’s book that has meanings for all ages. It is a wonder that it took so long to publish In Tumble’s World.
Will there be a screenplay for the animated version? Is the sequel The Adventures of Tumble? Translation into other languages?
It’s a shame a map of Frog Hollow and environs is missing as I would like to follow Tumble’s adventures on it.
Sometimes progress enriches the few at the expense of the many, All too often this is the case. Not even a paradise like Tumble’s world is immune from the effects of greed and the parasties that feed off it.
It is a hard lesson that what you love the most can be taken from you.
But you must soldier on and as Rodgers and Hammerstein collaborated:
“Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on walk on with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone”.
Tumble makes so many friends that he never has to walk alone. He finds willing hands and guidance wherever he goes. So it is with all of us.