Bedrooms in Children’s Stories

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A character’s room can contribute to characterisation… Setting is frequently used to symbolize the character’s moods as well as power position. The bright sunny morning in the beginning of Anne of Green Gables corresponds to her hopeful expectations. A change of setting can parallel the change in the character’s frame of mind. A storm can symbolize the turmoil in the character’s psyche.

The Rhetoric of Character In Children’s Literature, Maria Nikolajeva

1. How is Asaf’s new bedroom different from his old one?

2. Describe the colour symbolism.

Teenage Bedroom is a Tumblr with photos of … well, it’s pretty self-explanatory. What vibe do you get from each of these bedrooms? Can you associate any with characters from novels you have read?

Classic Children’s Literature Inspired Bedrooms from Apartment Therapy

Jill Barklem (1951 - 2017) British writer and illustrator Brambly Hedge bedroom
Jill Barklem (1951 – 2017) British writer and illustrator Brambly Hedge bedroom
two  illustrations from “Terrible Teddy Bear” one of 23 stories by Kathryn Jackson in the book “The Animals’ Merry Christmas,” Simon and Schuster, 1950 bedroom
two illustrations from “Terrible Teddy Bear” one of 23 stories by Kathryn Jackson in the book “The Animals’ Merry Christmas,” Simon and Schuster, 1950 bedroom
Trina Schart Hyman (1939 - 2004) pawprints greeting card
Trina Schart Hyman (1939 – 2004) pawprints greeting card
"How to treat a rooster" by Alexey Krylov Illustrator Vladimir Lubarsky
“How to treat a rooster” by Alexey Krylov Illustrator Vladimir Lubarsky
Zdenek Miller (Czech) mole series 1957-2002
Zdenek Miller (Czech) mole series 1957-2002
A Collection of Christmas Stories, Poems, and Songs, 1957 by Lowell Hess
A Collection of Christmas Stories, Poems, and Songs, 1957 by Lowell Hess

CHILDREN’S BEDROOMS IN FINE ART

Walter Frederick Osborne ,(1859 – 1903) dolls on the bed
Richard Scarry (1919-1994), American author and illustrator. The bunny book, 1955
Richard Scarry (1919-1994), American author and illustrator. The bunny book, 1955
Lullaby, Illustrator Yuri Vasnetsov
Lullaby, Illustrator Yuri Vasnetsov
Beatrix Potter, Louisa Pussy-cat Sleeps Late, 1929 bed
Beatrix Potter, Louisa Pussy-cat Sleeps Late, 1929
Richard Scarry's Best Mother Goose Ever bed pram
Richard Scarry’s Best Mother Goose Ever
Mumfie. Illustrations by Katherine Tozer
Mumfie. Illustrations by Katherine Tozer
Richard Hollingdale - A Bedtime Story 1878
Richard Hollingdale – A Bedtime Story 1878

Header illustration: Pets for Peter, 1950, Aurelius Battaglia, Italian American Children’s Book Illustrator

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