An Ode to Dolly

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I LOVE Dolly Parton. She is up there with Bette Midler as one of my all-time favourite sassy songstresses - not because of her music, particularly (although have you listened to Jolene recently? Soooo good!), but because she is just all-round fabulous.

It's easy to look at Ms Parton, with her hair, her nails, her enormous... assets, and assume she's just some fluffy bit of nonsense, a joke. But underestimate her at your peril - she might look like an older version of Heidi Montag or (*shudder*) Katie Price, but the similarities end there. This is the woman who said, "I`m not offended by dumb blonde jokes because I know that I`m not dumb. I also know I`m not blonde." Smart, talented AND funny. I love.

What, you may wonder, has prompted this little love note to Dolly? Well, just this week the queen of country's Imagination Library project has been rolled out across Scotland. The scheme will give children who are living in care a free age-appropriate book every month until their fifth birthday. That's potentially a library of 60 books for each and every child.

I can't even begin to tell you how happy this makes me. As a child, I was a total book worm. When Fin and I recently popped in to visit my old childhood next-door neighbour, she regaled him with stories about how all the other children would play in the street while I would be sitting in the house with my nose stuck in a book. This was (a) embarrassing and (b) only partially true, but still, there's no denying I love a book.

On Saturday night, as part of World Book Night, I was lucky enough to be given a free novel as I was sitting in the pub. I was ridiculously over-excited about it. Can you imagine being a child in care, with all the complex emotional and social baggage that this entails, and being given the simple gift of a new book every single month? Reading has always been one of the greatest pleasures in my life and I can only hope it will bring these children all the excitement, adventure, terror and joy that it has brought me.

So that, people, is why I heart Dolly. That, and her craaaazy bazookas.

Top image: source unknown. Bottom image: chotda on flickr. Hat tip to Peacock Feathers and Diamond Rings for the article.

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  1. My husband sent me a link to the BBC news article about Dolly and the Imagination Library with the title "Dolly rocks". And she does. She's done so much for literacy and she has a great set of pipes - what more could you want?

  2. What a fantastic idea.

    And I'm doing my bookshelves like that once they're built.

  3. Postcards (too lazy to type the whole thing...) - I knew I wasn't alone in my love of Dolly! She totally rocks.

    Cate, I am SO jealous you're going to do this. The rainbow effect would work with most of my books (I'm all about the pretty covers) but Fin's books are mainly about the First World War, and I'm not sure where *grey* fits on the rainbow...

  4. I knew I liked you for a reason - I was (am) a bookworm, too. :) I can't wait until we build a house so I can put in floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in a little library/study nook. I love so much to be surrounded by my books.

    Dolly is fantastic. I love her.

  5. I love those bookshelves; I really want to do my books like that, they need a clear out anyway so why not!

    My other half seems to think the only books you need to keep are travel ones and that all others can go to the charity shop once read; no no no no no, I need to keep them all in case I want to read them again; like harry potter before the last film comes out or christmas ones nearer christmas!