School Library Journal (Betsy Bird) posted an article about knitting as depicted in picture books — so often the knitting needles are coming out the top, whereas if you’ve ever knitted in real life you’ll know that the needles come out below the hands.
This is a wonderful observation, and once you’ve noticed it you’ll see it all over the place.
OTHER INSTANCES IN WHICH REALISM IS MODIFIED
There are instances, however, where a realistic portrayal of nature isn’t necessarily warranted. Raindrops are actually round when falling from the sky, but in the collective imagination a raindrop is, well, ‘tear drop’ shaped. Where does the teardrop shape even come from? Probably from the leg of moisture coming off a droplet as seen when running down a surface such as a cheek.
See also: Animating A Droplet Of Water
Big Walking Legs
You don’t see this so much in modern books, but it seems children of yesteryear marched everywhere.
I can’t find the credit for this image and it may be a pie advertisement for all I know. But we haven’t really seen these facial expressions since the 1970s Ladybird books.