Tag: birds

  • Chickens and Roosters in Art and Illustration

    Chickens and Roosters in Art and Illustration

    Chickens have been (and still are) immensely important to human evolution. No surprise they feature large in art and illustration.

  • Symbolism of Birds

    Symbolism of Birds

    Birds are much older than we are — living dinosaurs. Across cultures, birds function as smart collaborators with humans. We now know how smart (some) birds really are, but we have long had a sense of their canniness. The smartest bird in the world is currently thought to be the New Zealand Kea, which isn’t so great if you live in New Zealand and the kea is chewing the bits of rubber off your car.

  • Owl At Home by Arnold Lobel Analysis

    Owl At Home by Arnold Lobel Analysis

    Owl At Home is a 1975 picture book written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel. The book comprises five very short early reader stories about a kind, anxious and lonely owl. These owl stories, along with the frog and toad stories come from the second phase of Lobel’s creative career, in which he tapped into his […]

  • Wheel On The Chimney by Wise Brown and Gergely 1954

    Wheel On The Chimney by Wise Brown and Gergely 1954

    Wheel On The Chimney is a calm, bird-focused storified description of an old custom observed throughout various parts of Southern Europe.

  • Mr Reginald Peacock’s Day by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    Mr Reginald Peacock’s Day by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    r Reginald Peacock’s Day” (1917) is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, functioning mainly as a character study.

  • Wait Till The Moon Is Full by Wise Brown and Williams Analysis

    Wait Till The Moon Is Full by Wise Brown and Williams Analysis

    Wait Till the Moon Is Full is a 1948 picture book written by Margaret Wise Brown with pictures by Garth Williams. The story has carnivalesque elements, a gentle utopian storyline and a well-drawn mother figure, who is safe and warm but who also joins her son in his imaginative play.

  • The Crows of Pearblossom by Huxley and Cooney Analysis

    The Crows of Pearblossom by Huxley and Cooney Analysis

    The Crows of Pearblossom by Aldous Huxley illustrated by Barbara Cooney (1917-2000) published in 1967

  • Fly Homer Fly by Bill Peet Analysis

    Fly Homer Fly by Bill Peet Analysis

    Fly Homer Fly is a 1969 picture book of 64 pages written and illustrated by Bill Peet who died in 2002 after a long career in children’s storytelling.

  • The Cider Duck by Joan Woodberry Analysis

    The Cider Duck by Joan Woodberry Analysis

    The Cider Duck (1969) is an Australian picture book written by Joan Woodberry and illustrated by Molly Stephens. ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR Joan Woodberry (1921-2010) was an influential, widely-travelled Tasmanian feminist whose efforts made women’s lives palpably better in Tasmania. Finding information on Molly Stephens is a little more difficult partly because she was…

  • Symbolism and The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst Short Story Analysis

    Symbolism and The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst Short Story Analysis

    What can I say about “The Scarlet Ibis” that isn’t on Wikipedia? This 1960 short story is loved by English teachers because of its clear literary symbols — a good introduction to symbolism, especially to colour symbolism. COLOUR SYMBOLISM Students can be highly suspicious of close reading when teachers talk about colours and their symbolism. Colours…

  • Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! by Mo Willems Analysis

    Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! by Mo Willems Analysis

    A comparison between Mo Willems’ Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus! and another from the same series, The Pigeon Wants A Puppy, highlights certain shared comedy writing techniques found in both. TECHNIQUES OF NOTE Directly addressing the young reader A main character who eventually tries to trick the reader A big struggle scene featuring…

  • The Pigeon Wants A Puppy by Mo Willems Analysis

    The Pigeon Wants A Puppy by Mo Willems Analysis

    The Pigeon Wants A Puppy by Mo Willems is one of my kid’s favourite books. The Pigeon books are similar to the Elephant and Piggie books in graphic design and in humour. STORY STRUCTURE OF THE PIGEON WANTS A PUPPY SHORTCOMING When I read this quote from the author/illustrator I knew that Willems thinks of…