Aspen welcomes Blume

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By Kirsten Laskey

Judy Blume’s “Fudge” series are not entirely fictional, the author revealed during a presentation to fourth through sixth grade students at Aspen Elementary School Friday afternoon.
The first story was actually based on a newspaper article, which told about a little boy who had swallowed a turtle.
Furthermore, her series of “The Great One and the Pain,” were also inspired by real-life events. When Blume’s children were little, she said her daughter would tell her younger brother that she was “The Great One” and he was “The Pain.”
Blume, who is in town to work on the film based on her book, “Tiger Eyes,” dropped by the elementary school to answer children’s questions about her life, her books and writing.
Blume said as a child, she always had stories in her head but because she thought that was weird, she kept those stories to herself.
“I always had stories,” she said. “I had that need to be involved in something creative.”
It seems as Blume grew older, her attitude toward her storyteller capabilities changed.
She described writing as magic. “It’s like magic … it’s letting yourself go to this other place deep inside you.”

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