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The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow: The Mystical Nature Diary of Opal Whiteley Paperback – February 1, 1995
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Praise for The Diary of Opal Whiteley in 1920:
"A human miracle... The most wonderful book concerning childhood, and written by a child, that has ever been given to the world." —The London Sphere
"Like no other book that ever was, that is certain." —Life
"A wonderful book." —The New York Times
Praise for Opal's Diary and Benjamin Hoff's biography:
"One of the great forgotten works of 20th-century American literature." —The Washington Post
"We can rejoice that [Opals'] enchanting diary has at last been republished." —Newsday
"The Singing Creek is truly wonderful—an intriguing reading experience." —Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"A strange, sad tale...has at last been given a happy ending." —Chicago Tribune
About the Author
Opal Whiteley grew up in logging settlements near the town of Cottage Grove, at the southern end of Oregon's Willamette Valley. A child literary prodigy and acclaimed nature teacher, she is the author of The Fairyland Around Us, a self-published nature book for children (1918) and her bestselling childhood diary, The Story of Opal (1920).
Benjamin Hoff grew up in a rural area a few miles from Portland, Oregon—at the opposite end of the valley in which Opal Whiteley wrote her diary. As a child, he, like Opal, preferred to spend his time outdoors, observing animals, insects, and plants. From an early age, he, too, loved to write. He is tha author of the bestselling The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet.
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Maybe it's because I was smart child who could express none of it. For decades. If I had met Opal, I do believe she could have tamed me and taught me to engage with life (Nature) as she did with the animals and the loggers' children. Her giftedness had an audience, even before her diary was discovered and printed in 1920. I would have followed her to the 'cathedral' she planted in the forest for her ceremonies with the wild, enthralled animals who trailed after her on her 'explores'.
It will actually make me personally happy if you will read the diary and Hoff's biography of Opal. The world will seem a safer, saner place to me, the more of us who know her.
Opal Whiteley’s relationship to her “singing creek”, animals and the environment that surrounds her, accompanied by her intuitive writing about what she hears and sees allows me to escape with her into a natural world of artistic wonderment.
The controversy on whether or not her tale is “true” is meaningless.
Critics detract from the value of Opal’s observations and knowledge of the natural world and I question the motivations of her detractors. When we compare Opals intelligence, artistry, spiritual vision and naturalist talents to that of say, Beatrix Potter both, as children, appear to have had the same fantastical relationships to flora and fauna.
Does prejudice play into why Opal’s world is questioned and Potter’s is not? Opal is from a poor working family, Potter from respected wealth. Do critics accept a brilliant imagination and keen intuition from a youngster born into wealth, but not from one raised in poverty?
I urge a reading of this book, as it will educate, delight and inspire.
~ This will be one of those books that I will keep on the shelf of my heart.
I wonder how much of this book influenced A.A. Milne in Winnie the Pooh as there are many similarities. This moving book has enlightened me in many ways... many tears and much joy and laughter. It is a must read for those who understand poetry, the art of Being, the peace, joy and solitude found in the forest and with animals. Also for those with a positive mind and outlook!
I do not think Opal was Schizophrenic by today's standards Opal Whitely was a conservationist, veterinarian and Ecologist!
Thank you Benjamin Hoff for bringing it to light :)
This book is a love song for Mother Nature.
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