My seven-year-old is writing her own series of Rainbow Magic books. They’re all at least 10 pages long, with detailed illustrations (and hilarious “Coming Soon!” promos at the end of each one). She puts hours into each one, writing them out, cutting the pages to size (not so successfully), and binding them with the stapler.
And today, one of the cats peed on three of the books.
They’re unsaveable. Even if the marker colors hadn’t bled all over, they smell terrible. I photocopied the pages so she can still have the text that was in pencil, but if she wants them to be even close to the way they were, she’s going to have to recreate them.
Obviously, she was devastated. But then I had a stroke of genius: I taught her about revisions. I told her that all authors have to revise their books, rewriting over and over to make them as good as they can be. Even the authors of the original Rainbow Magic series revised those books before they were published (although that’s hard to believe, if you’ve ever read those).
So now she feels a little better, and she’s looking forward to making newer, better versions of the peed-upon books. But if she’s going to keep up with this series, I’ll eventually have to talk to her about copyright law…
Photo: Courtesy of Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez, Wikimedia Commons