After the Fall by Dan Santat gives Humpty Dumpty a new ending, where all the king’s men did put him together. “There were some parts that couldn’t be healed with bandages and glue.” You see, Humpty became afraid, and that limited him in living his life.
He finds a new hobby to replace sitting on the wall, a hobby he loves. Eventually, he is confronted with that very tall wall. And yes, he must go up. And with every step up, he proves to himself that he can overcome his fears because as we all know, doing something we are afraid of is how we figure out how to be brave. The story is beautiful, even if we stopped right there, but Dan Santat gives us just a bit more–a story of transformation that surprises but also feels exactly right.