I lived too far away to spend much lap-time with Dougie, so I wrote him these letters.
I found a picture I thought you would like. It’s by a man named Paul Klee. His last name is pronounced “Clay,” like modeling clay.
“The Twitter Machine”
What do you think of this picture? Paul Klee calls it “The Twitter Machine.”
Do you know what twitter means? It’s the sound baby birds make. Can you find the birds in this picture? They don’t look much like birds. Look for feathers.
Aren’t they silly looking birds? Did you laugh?
Have you ever seen a music box? It’s a little box that plays music. All you have to do is turn the crank handle.
That makes a small drum turn. The drum has tiny pins on it. As it turns the pins lift up little piano-key like metal things. As the drum keeps turning each piano key sproings back and make a sound. Like a real piano, each key is a different note. By putting the pins in different places on the drum you can make a song. Cool!
Paul Klee’s music box has no drum, or pins, or little keys inside, but it does have a crank. What do you think is supposed to happen if you turn the crank on “The Twitter Machine”?
Did you laugh? Do you think Paul Klee laughed when he painted his Twitter Machine?
Some music boxes have no crank. They work by winding a spring. As the spring unwinds it turns the drum and makes the music.
Some have a little butterfly-like part that spins real fast as the wheel turns. If something stops the butterfly spinner, the drum will stop spinning and the music will stop.
Can you find the butterfly spinner on this picture? It’s near the front on the left.
The spinner is used to stop the music when the cover is closed onto the box. As the lid comes down a wire touches the spinner and the music stops.
What do you think happens when the music box opens? That’s the coolest part of all, isn’t it?
Did you see the butterfly spinner on Paul Klee’s “Twitter Machine”?