I don’t have a lot to say about Chapter 3. Other than a few small changes, both versions of this chapter are essentially the same. Heck, I can do a pretty quick summary. Let’s see:
- Emily runs into woods.
- Emily stumbles into Ravenswood Preserve.
- Emily is chased by a ghostly mist.
- Emily finds dogs.
- Emily finds Rocking Stone, and the secret glade it hides.
- Emily finds an odd rock in the lake in the glade.
- Emily spies odd deer, sparkly dandelions, and a purple bear in the glade.
- A giant winged monster lands in the glade; Emily and dogs are protected by ghostly mist.
- Monster flies away, mist lifts to reveal talking wolf that says the coast is clear.
- Emily runs home.
There’s only three major changes. One: the Rocking Stone has different properties in both editions. In the original, it hangs over the glade; in the revised edition, it has faint markings all over it. Hmm, I bet those markings are important — why else would they be mentioned?
Also, how does the Rocking Stone hang over the glade? The books only describe it as a towering boulder. Is it like Balanced Rock in Utah?
Two: in the revised edition, Emily talks to the dogs about naming the sparkletastic dandelions:
“I might have just discovered a whole new species. Genus: Emily,” she laughed.
“Yipp!” [says a dog]
“Okay, okay. Genus: Pumpkin.”
But … if they’re remotely related to dandelions, wouldn’t they be in the genus Taraxacum? (Actually, the series later provides a fake-Latin scientific name for the flowers, and Taraxacum is definitely not part of it.)
Third: Emily spots different kinds of deer in both editions. In the original, they’re miniature deer. In the new edition, they’re green-striped deer with purple eyes — jeeran, a type of deer not native to Earth. Emily doesn’t know that yet, of course.
EDIT: Changes in the e-book edition
- The lake in the secret glade is now a pond.
Next time: Emily’s rock may be radioactive, and a quick lesson in Native American languages.