This past week I worked as writer-in-residence at General Gordon Elementary in Vancouver, and brought with me the travelling Een Museum. The students loved it, so I thought I would catalogue all the current pieces and display them here.
These items come from a variety of sources. Some were built with inspiration from the drawings. In other cases, the props inspired situations in the book. No matter the case, they are all “real” objects that you can hold and touch . . . making the Land of Een seem all the more real (which, of course, it is).
I’ll post all the items over the next few days. Here’s the first four items (some of my favourites) . . .
Box of Whispers
A replica of the box that Kendra searched for in the outside world.
A replica of the secret that caused Kendra such angst while searching for the Box of Whisper. Notice the swirling murkiness—ah, secrets are complicated things!
Door to Unger
A replica of the door that guarded the temple maze of the Wizard Greeve. The teeth—the door’s gate—can actually open.
A whisp of Uncle Griffinskitch’s beard
The ornery old wizard was rather fond of his full-length beard; here’s a snippet of it. When asked for the sample, the shaggy old Een only muttered, “Humph!”—so it had to be taken discretely.