Tag: changeling

  • How Pearl Button Was Kidnapped by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    How Pearl Button Was Kidnapped by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    “How Pearl Button Was Kidnapped” is a modernist short story by Katherine Mansfield, published 1912. At its heart, “Pearl Button” is a story about a clash of two cultures seen through a child’s eyes. This story plays out as a duality of restriction and freedom. The European settlers are restricted while the Māori people enjoy […]

  • The Lumber-Room by Saki Short Story Analysis

    The Lumber-Room by Saki Short Story Analysis

    “The Lumber-Room” by H.H. Monro (Saki) is one of the short stories from Beasts and Super-Beasts, published 1914, though it was first published in a newspaper. He died two years later in the war. Significantly for this short story, Saki was gay. There’s something very Peter Rabbit about this short story for adults. Peter Rabbit…

  • Ernestine and Kit by Kevin Barry Analysis

    Ernestine and Kit by Kevin Barry Analysis

    “Ernestine and Kit” is a short story by Kevin Barry, included in Dark Lies The Island (2013). It has been made into a short film by Simon Bird if you can get a hold of it. This is black humour at its best. I was captivated with this crime story from beginning to end — the…

  • Transmogrification In Storytelling

    Transmogrification In Storytelling

    Transmogrification in storytelling has a long history. Today it can be seen across different types of story in many permutations.

  • The Child by Ali Smith Short Story Analysis

    The Child by Ali Smith Short Story Analysis

    Short stories are as powerful as novels. In long hindsight we remember a novel about as well as we remember a short story, yet the short story took far less time to read in the first place. “The Child” by Ali Smith is one of those shorts which has stayed in my mind more vividly…

  • Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak

    Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak

    This month I wrote a post on Teaching Kids How To Structure A Story. Today I continue with a selection of mentor texts to help kids see how it works. Today I look closely at a picture book classic by iconic American author/illustrator, Maurice Sendak. Outside Over There is a mythic journey of the imagination, with emphasis on atmosphere and emotion. It is a changeling story with the strong influence of fairy and folk tale.

  • Middle Grade Novel Study: Coraline

    Middle Grade Novel Study: Coraline

    Coraline is a 2002 novel by Neil Gaiman. Strangely, it is called a novella, despite being the typical length of a middle grade novel (30,640 words). Every word counts. “When I’m writing for kids,” he says, “I’m always assuming that a story, if it is loved, is going to be re-read. So I try and…

  • Doppelgangers, Twins and Changelings In Fiction

    Doppelgangers, Twins and Changelings In Fiction

    A doppelganger is an apparition or double of a living person. It comes from German, and translates literally from ‘double walker’.

  • Goodbye My Brother by John Cheever Analysis

    Goodbye My Brother by John Cheever Analysis

    “Goodbye My Brother” is one of John Cheever’s best known short stories. In fact, it was this story which contributed to Cheever’s receiving his Guggenheim Scholarship. Cheever returned time and again to the dynamic of an uneasy relationship between two brothers. The relationship is always a metaphor for something bigger. I prefer the nihilist brother Lawrence, nick-named ‘Croaker’.…