"Crockett Johnson shows us that a crayon can create a world.” (Philip Nel)Tales From Topographic Kitchens is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber. Miss Thorne was my first teacher in the UK, and she was American. A flinty cliff of a New Englander, her long silver hair was swept into a ponytail and secured with a tooled leather clasp in the shape of the figure eight. She wore corduroy smocks, thick woollen tights and clogs. I thought she was about three hundred years old; she was probably no older than sixty-five.
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