A huge LGG thank you to our photo models in this awesome issue. We couldn't create such a fun Lime Green Giraffe without all of you. We had a great day hanging out with Olivia D., Gabrielle T., Anna Grace T., Claire R., Hannah V., Marie W., Kendall P., LaTia A., Ashley H., Bracolla T., Hunter F., Alison W., Sarah W., Lauryn H., Sierra B., Jourdan C., Shontika W., Jaya S., Kabrea H., Abhiti P., Maala M., Hayley P. and Darra L. Thanks y’all!
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GiGi - It’s my second year of high school and my friend is starting to hang out with the wrong crowd. I don't know what to say or do to get her back on the right track. Could you please give me some tips on what to say?
Dear Friend Forever,
High school is a time for change but you shouldn't change for the worse. I would have a girls night out, just the two of you, like old times and talk to her about her decisions. The only way you can fix any problem is though communication. Tell her you care about her and you want what's best for her. Don't stress her out. Just be calm about this situation and she will to.
I recently got a boyfriend and none of my friends approve. He's really sweet to me but I'm constantly bothered with insults about him from my friends. Should I stay with him or not?
Dear Boyfriend Troubles,
As long as your boyfriend treats you well and has no significant problems, you should definitely stay with him if you like him! Talk to him about being nicer to your friends because of course it would be better if all of you get along.
I really want to make special valentines for my friends. What should I do?
Dear Heart Smart,
Valentines Day is a great day to show people you appreciate them and everyone loves a handmade card!
To make Valentine cards, you will need: red and pink paper, glue, markers, scissors, a pencil, and anything else you want to use for decoration. First, fold the paper in half and draw half a heart with the pencil. Then cut out half the heart and unfold the paper and you have a full heart! Now draw and add anything you want to make it special for your friends! Happy creating & Happy Valentine’s Day!
Recipe for a Valentine's Day snack
By: Vanessa W.
This Valentine’s Day, show your stomach some love with these easy to make valentine themed snacks!
- Chocolate Dipping Wafers
- 8 Hershey’s Chocolate Bars
- Pink Sprinkles
- Small Pot
- Cookie Sheet
- Wax paper
- Put wax paper on a cookie sheet and make sure there is storage room in your refrigerator.
- Put chocolate wafers and chocolate bars into small pot and heat on stove on lowest setting until chocolate is melted. Be sure you have your parents’ permission to use the stove before you begin cooking.
- Take pretzels and dip them in the chocolate using tongs or another suitable tool. Once each pretzel is covered in chocolate, take it out. Tap off the excess chocolate.
- Immediately after the pretzel is covered in chocolate, dip the pretzel into a bowl of sprinkles.
- Put the finished pretzels on the wax paper. Once the sheet is full put it in the refrigerator or outside in the cold until the chocolate is solid.
- 8 strawberries,
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
- Tall glass
- Place the strawberries, milk and ice cream in the blender. Use strawberry ice cream instead of vanilla for a more intense strawberry flavor.
- Blend the ingredients about 10 seconds or until smooth.
- Pour the shake into a glass and enjoy it immediately!
Book review: Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman
Review by: Lizzie W.
The time is World War II; the place is British-occupied India. 15 year-old Vidya is living happily in a modern home in Bombay with her parents and older brother. The opposite of what tradition says she must be, Vidya plays volleyball, climbs trees, listens to the radio, enjoys reading, values education and does not want to marry. Being Brahmin, the highest class in the Indian caste system, she is unaffected by the poverty that devastates much of India, as well as the war. That is, until a British officer beats her father during a freedom march and he is no longer able to support their family.\
Vidya is then forced to move to a traditional home in Madras, now known as Chennai, where her grandfather and relatives live. There is no furniture in this house and the men and women are kept on separate floors at all times. Vidya is miserable living downstairs with her selfish, betrothed cousin and condescending aunts. The only time she sees her brother and father is at mealtimes, when she is serving them. \
Vidya finds refuge in her grandfather’s forbidden upstairs library, where she spends hours escaping the reality of her changed life. There, she meets Raman, a young man also living in the house. Surprisingly, he treats her as an equal and not just a mere servant.
As the war inches closer to India many political discussions arise. Bomb drills take place and the men spend more time listening to the radio and then, Vidya’s brother makes a life-changing decision.
Climbing the Stairs captivated me for several reasons. One, it was about an outgoing teenage girl trapped by her culture’s traditions. She overcomes challenges by using her intelligence and faith as a guide. The story also showed me what life is like in a traditional Indian household.
The book also captivated with its references to Ghandi, freedom fighters, and the U.S.A. In the book, Vidya said that the U.S. gained its independence from Great Britain by fighting for something that the people believed in. She believed that India could win their independence too, through persistence and nonviolence. This book is unique because it mentions Ghandi, yet the story is not entirely about him. Author, Padma Venkatraman, does an excellent job of incorporating the struggle for freedom while at the same time telling an engaging story.
Climbing the Stairs takes place during the Holocaust. There are many, many books about Germany during this time period, but few about India. Vidya said that she did not understand how the British could fight against Hitler for treating human beings unequally while doing the same thing to Indians. It was interesting to read a book from that perspective.
Climbing the Stairs is an intriguing book filled with loss and sorrow but also strength and happiness. You will be immersed into Vidya’s world through Venkatraman’s imagery and descriptions. This book kept me awake when everyone else was asleep, made me feel joyful and sorrowful, and taught me the importance of treating others how you yourself want to be treated. I enjoyed Climbing the Stairs, and I hope you will too!
The History and Evolution of Alice in Wonderland
By: Rachel B.
Charles Dodgson was an Englishman, born January 27th 1832. He was an author and a mathematician but is most famous for a character and a world he created on paper while attending college.
Charles Dodgson is known by another name these days: Lewis Carroll. As many might remember from the cover of their old children’s book, Lewis Carroll is the author of the ever-famous story of Alice in Wonderland.
In actuality, the original story of Alice wasn’t even called Alice in Wonderland. The book Carroll wrote was called Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Unlike popular belief, the White Queen, the Red Queen, Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledee, and Tweedledum were never in this book. They made their first appearance in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’s sequel, Through the Looking Glass (sub-titled: “and what Alice Found There.”)
The original Alice stories by Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson) were two novels written in the 1800s. They were simple, nearly plot-less; they lacked character development and basic story structure. These books were basically a how-to manual on how not to write a novel.
I love them. I, an anal-retentive authoritarian on the subject of literature, love this plot-less atrocity. Alice in Wonderland breaks nearly every rule ever made for a proper tale and yet it has captured the hearts of millions. Why? There clearly is nothing exceptionally amazing about Alice in Wonderland except, perhaps, the characters and Wonderland itself.
If there is one thing in Alice in Wonderland that is compelling and interesting, it is the characters. From the testy Caterpillar to the sleepy Dormouse, the cast of Alice in Wonderland has fascinated and attracted readers of all ages. It is almost impossible not to have at least one or more characters that interest the reader. From my own stand point, as a reader of Alice in Wonderland’s many derivative works, I believe there to be five characters most focused on:
Alice – Alice is the main character of both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderlandand Through the Looking Glass. She is seven years old in the first book, and seven and a half in the second book. She likes to act like she’s older; always thinking about what is “logical” but, honestly, this is Wonderland we’re talking about; she should really throw that silly ‘logic’ idea away and what is the proper, the smart thing to do. She can even be a little annoying at times with her pedantic, boastful nature. All of this may be forgiven, as her thought process and attitude is clearly that of a naïve child. Alice has a bit of a hot temper, and is much too curious, but she still has a friendly personality.
In spin-offs off Alice in Wonderland, Alice takes on many faces. In some works, such as Tim Burton’s movie Alice’s in Wonderland(2010) and American McGee’s film Alice (2000), Alice is the same Alice from the original story.
In other works, such as SyFy’s miniseries Alice (2009), Alice is a different Alice. In the manga Are you Alice? by Ninomiya Ai (author) and Katagiri Ikumi (artist), “Alice” is even a boy. Perhaps it’s unavoidable to focus on Alice, as she is the main character, but there is a distinct difference in the way spin-off writers focus on Alice and the way they focus on the other characters. Alice seems to have a specific archetype; she is strong-minded, intelligent, resolute and greatly loved. Why Alice’s character usually has these key elements is unclear. Perhaps the authors are aiming for an older version of the original little girl from Carroll’s tale. Which brings up another little habit writers seem to have when writing Alice in Wonderland derivative works: Alice is typically older than seven – she is a teenager, if not an adult.
The White Rabbit – Our next character in the spot light is the White Rabbit, who some fans affectionately simply dub “Rabbit.” It makes sense for Rabbit to be the focus in some aspect; Rabbit is the Wonderland citizen that Alice spots and chases down the infamous rabbit hole. He is, as you might have guessed, a white rabbit. The extraordinary thing about him, like many creatures in Wonderland, is that he talks and wears clothes. He’s always running around because he’s “late” for something. He is rather rude and belittling to those below him but submissive and flattering toward his superiors. Perhaps this is the direct result of being the Queen of Hearts’ servant, and living under the constant threat of beheading, that he has this dual personality; the invariable stress would cause anyone to be harsh and snippy with people that can’t hurt them and the danger would cause them to be submissive in the presence of those who can hurt them. Rabbit is arabbit after all, the creature at the bottom of the food chain. In Carroll’s article “Alice on Stage,” he describes Rabbit as “timid” and “feeble.” Rabbit’s very species gets this concept across.
In most adaptations, Rabbit is Alice’s guide in Wonderland. This only makes sense as he is who the original Alice followed into Wonderland but this gets tiresome for some authors who want their Alice story to be new and different. In QuinRose (author) and Hoshino Soumei’s (artist) Heart no Kuni no Alice manga, the White Rabbit (Peter White) kidnaps Alice. In Frank Beddor’s Looking Glass Wars, the White Rabbit (Bibwit Harte) is Alice mentor and in Are you Alice?, the White Rabbit didn’t even bring Alice to Wonderland or have any kind of teaching position in Alice’s life.Are You Alice?’s Rabbit just might be my favorite version of the character; how can one not love a cute-faced, bunny-eared boy with an awesome sword?
Each version of White Rabbit is a little different than the last, and much different from the original. Something in common with all three versions I’ve mentioned is that the White Rabbits are all depicted as human characters. This is rather interesting, since the original character was an actual rabbit. The animal characters in Alice in Wonderland have a tendency to become humans in spin-offs. Perhaps this is because human characters are easier to write or are more fun to describe. Either way, it adds a new element to the list of differences between the original and an adaptation.
The Cheshire Cat – Another animal character that is typically popular in adaptations is the Cheshire Cat. Though Alice often simply called him “the Cat,” fans affectionately shorten his title to “Cheshire.” Cheshire is the Duchess’ pet cat, though he appears to abandon her near the end ofAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland and become a stray. He is a friend and an ally for Alice and perhaps the most insightful character in the book. Level of sanity and “a little eccentric”, Cheshire is possibly the most mentally balanced occupant of Wonderland. He gives Alice directions and advice and seems to genuinely care about her when he comes to see her near the end of the novel.
Cheshire is portrayed mostly as a male in adaptations and spin-offs, though Carroll had never specified a gender for the cat. Whoopi Goldberg was the first woman to play Cheshire Cat, in the 1999 television adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Cheshire’s character is perhaps the most diverse in personality that this Alice fan can recall: Cheshire’s portrayal ranges from a selfish cat, to a close friend of Alice’s, to a deadly enemy. In Tim Burton’s movie, he is the typical, selfish cat, though he means well. In Looking Glass Wars he is a grotesque assassin of the Red Queen and in American McGee’s Alice, Cheshire is Alice’s friend and guide. Perhaps it’s Cheshire’s mysterious quality from the original story that allowed room for so many different interpretations for his character. It may also be this mysterious quality that makes him one of the more interesting characters.
Mad Hatter – Opposed to Rabbit and Cheshire, this next character of interest has always been a human character. Why he gets more attention that his hare companion, I can’t say. Perhaps the March Hare seems two-dimensional or perhaps it’s because the Mad Hatter was the first human male we see in the story but he has certainly won the attention of the audience. Hatter was actually never called “the Mad Hatter” in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as Carroll simply referred to him as “the Hatter.” He was surprisingly a fairly quiet character, choosing to let the March Hare do most of the talking. The first thing he says is a comment on Alice’s hair, the second a random riddle: “Why is a raven like a writing desk?”
The riddle originally had no answer, as ravens and writing desks don’t have much in common, but after years of being pestered for the answer, Carroll came up with a few answers, and fans often come up with their own.
Where Cheshire has the most variations in personality, Hatter has the most variations in his role within the realms of adapted works. Where Rabbit is most often Alice’s guide and Cheshire is most often Alice’s friend, Hatter’s role is continuously different from story to story. Often Hatter is Alice’s love interest. Just as often, he is her enemy. He’s sometimes her protector or friend. In the original Disney movie, he was a very silly character and talked much more than the original Hatter with little to no purpose. In The Looking Glass Wars, by the name of Hatter Madigan (possibly a pun for “Hatter Mad Again”), the Hatter is Alice’s mother’s bodyguard and head of security. In Frank Wildhoren’s play, Wonderland: Alice’s New Musical Adventure, the Mad Hatter is the villain and a woman.
The Queen of Hearts – The Queen of Hearts is the closest thing we had to a villain in Alice in Wonderland. The Queen of Hearts is quick to declare death sentences, even when the offense was minor. She is often confused with the Red Queen from Through the Looking Glass, though the two are totally different characters. The Queen of Hearts came off as childish, in a way, demanding to get her way and throwing a fit when she doesn’t. The Queen of Hearts is, in essence, a bratty child.
Derivative works tend to combine the Queen of Hearts with the Red Queen, which only makes sense for the color scheme since both uses the color “red” as their symbol. Most versions I’ve seen that morph the two use the Queen of Hearts’ personality and the Red Queen’s name. The Queen of Hearts usually takes on the role of the villain and becomes a very important character to the audience. Seeing how the writer takes her character and flips it on its head is really amazing. In SyFy channel’s Alice, she was Alice’s boyfriend’s mother. In Are You Alice?, like most of the characters, “she” is actually a man.
The World Known as Wonderland:
The world of Wonderland is probably what really interests readers. Wonderland is made up everything nonsensical, everything wrong. Perhaps it’s the fact that everything is “wrong” that entices authors to work with Carroll’s Wonderland. Wrong is often associated with “twisted,” “corrupt,” or “evil.” This concept also calls into question whether morals are backward in Wonderland as well; is it wrong to forgive and okay to murder? This idea has led to scores of Gothic!Alice stories, were Wonderland is dark and corrupt and all around creepy. Wonderland has once or twice been a metaphor for drug abuse and hallucinations, as in Jefferson Airplane’s song “White Rabbit.” Of course, this is not the root of all Gothic!Alice stories. In the videogame version of American McGee’s Alice, Wonderland is a dream-gone-wrong and is the result Alice’s twisted mind while she suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder.
Wonderland is just as often not a dream or part of Alice’s mind at all. Many times, Wonderland is written to be a real world outside of ours that can be reached through magic. The mode of transportation to Wonderland is more often than not – you guessed it – a rabbit hole or a looking glass.
Carroll’s original tale is the only story that takes place in Wonderland. In Through the Looking Glass, we’re never actually told that the make-believe world is Wonderland. However, most just assume it’s Wonderland, but the two places arent very similar. Wonderland was based on playing cards, where the world in Through the Looking Glass was based on chess. However, Hatter and Hare return in Through the Looking Glass as “Hatta” and “Haigha,” which would imply that the two worlds are one and the same. If that is the case, what is Wonderland? A Kingdom? A planet? We’re never really told, which is only natural for a children’s story but these are the things we wonder about when we get older. What is Wonderland? How do you get to Sesame Street?
This Alice-like curiosity and the fact that we aren’t kids anymore is probably what draws us into this world created by Carroll’s plot-less storybook. There’s just enough information to make us wonder about the world and its inhabitants, but right when we’d like to know more, Alice is whisked off to the next place. As we’re left dangling with our burning curiosity and our questions, little snippets of ideas begin to form and we’re left with the seed of every fan-fiction ever written: “What if?” Our own ideas form, and whiz around in our minds and make us think. Everyone has their very own version of the story in their very own Wonderland. This is the heart of our love for Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. It’s not truly Carroll’s story we love; it’s ours.