Mae's Real Stories

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Sunday, April 08, 2007


Two Famous "Alices"


A famous real person is named Alice Waters. She is famous because she is a wonderful cook, and everyone likes to go to her restaurant Chez Panisse which is in Berkeley, California. She has worked with the school children in Berkeley to plant vegetable gardens and to make their school lunches much better because they have fresh vegetables in them.


Alice in Wonderland is a great book, and was made into a wonderful movie by Walt Disney. The author of the book wrote an imagined story for a real girl named Alice more than 100 years ago.

In her adventures, Alice meets a Dodo bird who leads a strange event called a Caucas Race. She follows a talking rabbit to a tea party with a Mad Hatter and a Dormouse. She meets a magical caterpillar, TweedleDum and TweedleDee, Humpty Dumpty, and many other creatures.

Alice goes through many little doors from one part of Wonderland to another. She often changes her size: sometimes she's very big, sometimes very small. In the book are many wonderful pictures.

The movie makes them all come to life, including a lot of songs. At the end, Alice sees that the Queen of Hearts and all her men are really just a deck of cards. She wakes up and realizes that Wonderland was really a dream.

Alice in Wonderland was written by an author who was also a mathematician. He also wrote another book about Alice called Through the Looking Glass. And he wrote a lot of mathematics books and papers.

Are you aware that students at Tappan Middle School last year planted a garden (or gardens), using the model that Alice Waters started with children in the Berkeley area? I cxannot remember for sure, but I think that Alice came to Ann Arbor and the students who worked on the gardens met her.

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