Adele Han Li

I clearly remember my proudest show-and-tell moment. It was second grade, and I brought in my Princess Jasmine doll strapped to the back of a plush unicorn toy. The night before, I had concocted a lavish adventure in which Princess Jasmine and her trusty unicorn saved the animals of my backyard from evil aliens, and of course, I had to share my newly imagined universe with everyone I knew. I'm sure we all remember these little worlds we invented for ourselves as children, whether it was with dolls or legos or maybe even our pets. Cardboard boxes became castles, carpet became molten lava, and for those few hours of playtime, we got to be whoever we wanted and go wherever we could imagine.

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