Sunday, December 9, 2018
So I flipped through a copy of Joseph Jacobs's English Fairy Tales that had found its way to my little bookshelf after belonging to one of my much older siblings. I came across the story of Tattercoats, a Cinderella kind of girl in rags who becomes a princess, and the image struck me as fitting. It never for a minute occurred to me that my blue bear might be a girl, and I'm pretty sure I played with the idea of adapting the name as Tatterpants, but I settled on just Tatters, maybe because it was simpler or maybe because he didn't have pants. So King Tatters he was for awhile, and after Bunchville became a democracy, just plain Tatters.