Pink and Say

There’s a particular book that’s been hovering at the back of my mind for a while, particularly through this letter sequence. “Pink and Say” was a picture book from my childhood that I remember vividly. It tells the true story of a friendship struck up between a Union boy wounded while escaping his unit and a former slave whose family is now free. Things turn tragic at the end – I don’t think there were very many actual happy endings during the Civil War. I really very highly recommend checking this book out if you haven’t read it already. The illustrations are really beautiful, from what I remember, and the story impacted me deeply. Well worth a look.

Wow, I’m having Reading Rainbow flashbacks right now. LEVAR BURTON I LOVE YOU.

Discussion (5)¬

  1. Nicky says:

    Hello, so glad you’re up and running and de-buggified in your new location! Yay!
    Anyway, I just had to tell you (because I am now catching up on what I missed with me busy, and then the site buggified), the into-the-letter page that transitioned between the present and the past was an AMAZING design! I am in love, and also very jealous. Brilliant!

  2. Sarah says:

    I think Levar Burton was actually my very first crush….I just thought he was so cool when I was 9. He’s actually still very cool :) but he was super-cool then. I loved the ‘Keep the Lights Burning Abby’ lighthouse episode.

    I really like the comic, I’m so glad you all are doing it! I’m a history enthusiast (worked in museums in Massachusetts and Kentucky in high school, did a 15-minute monologue on a 16-year-old girl who kept journals during the Civil War for several years), and I’ve been looking for comics that deal with history (fantasy is covered, I think, but not that many are particularly historical). I came over here from Lora Innes’ ‘The Dreamer’, I’m very happy that the two time periods that most interest me are now covered in webcomics!

    Keep up the good work :) I’m excited to see what happens next!

  3. Seanan says:

    Yess!!! I loved reading Rainbow. And I’ll definitely look out for that book.

  4. Alexandraya says:

    Looks around, I have my Great Grandfathers rifle from the war around here somewhere along with my great great uncles pistol. He was just a boy then, 15, and he and his brother ran off to fight despite there fathers ire. They ended up fighting their cousins who sided with the south. [Great] Uncle Arte told me the things his father had told him about his fathers cousins defecting and joining our side of the family in NY. I think ours was one of the few happy endings, all of the family survived, with out crippling injury.

    On a much lighter note, Levar Burton! Believe it or not I actually found out about Reading Rainbow after I had written a letter to him. Before that I had only known him from Star Trek. I received a two page, hand written, reply, and he and I kept up a twice monthly correspondence for near on eight years. Even got him to bug Patrick Stewart to send me a letter once early on.

    Right, yea see you next time,

    • Bridget says:

      Wow, what an amazing story to have as part of your family history! That’s one of the things about the Civil War – it really isn’t as distant as it seems. People still have these family memories of what it did to them, or what part they played in it. That’s really something special.

      Also? Very jealous of your correspondence with Levar Burton :D That’s awesome.