ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD

Alice is wide-awake and bouncing on the bed when her mother enters. After informing her mom that the only way she’ll be able to fall asleep is in a blue room (and the yellow walls make THAT pretty unlikely) her patient mother brings in different items one by one. There are lilacs and lilywhites for scent. There is tea in a cup for taste, a silky soft quilt for touch, and lullaby bells for sound. Finally, just as Alice begins to drift off to sleep, her mother turns out the light. The light of the moon comes in “bathing everything in its pale blue light.” Everything now the same color, Alice sleeps soundly in her room turned blue at last.

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