The Longest Strongest Thread 06/04/20
Katie and the Spanish Princess
Grandma and Katie seek inspiration in the art gallery for a princess party dress. As Grandma sleeps, Katie meets the Infanta Margarita from a Velázquez painting and together they and a thieving magpie from a Goya travel in and out of paintings to weave a story that introduces us to iconic Old Masters of Spanish painting.
The girls swap clothes and Katie experiences being a princess for a day until King Philip 1V of Spain steps out of his painting and recalls his daughter to her true role. Through this fantasy time-travel, Mayhew suggests the enjoyment to be had from a visit to the art gallery.
He stirs the imagination as well as providing a page of factual context for these oft-neglected artists and their works.