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Venkatraman Gopalan - professor of materials science and engineering, Penn State University Park

Book Title: Alice in Wonderland

Author: Lewis Carroll

Book Description:

My 3-year-old daughter, Teja, has reintroduced me to the world of children's books. I am presently enjoying reading a chapter a day to her. I cannot say how she likes it, but she raptly listens even though the book I read has few pictures. I think she likes the conversational style of the book, where Alice is talking to everybody and everything! I can't tell her favorite yet though, but I have many favorite conversations in it. The best I like is the following celebrated one between Alice and the Cheshire cat:

"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"

"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.

"I don't much care where " said Alice.

"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.

" so long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation.

"Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

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