Tag: dragons

  • Fairies in Art and Illustration

    Fairy Passage

    Much can be said about fairies but a few nuggets of info have stuck with me as I read about them. Also: Some of my favourite fairy art.

  • Symbolism of Green

    Elmer Cecil Stoner Green Mask

    What does green symbolise in art and storytelling?

  • Zog by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

    Zog (2010) is a picture book by best-selling British team Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Zog is regularly held up as a great feminist story for young readers. Zog interests me as an excellent example of a children’s story which looks feminist at first glance.

  • Animals Riding Other Animals In Illustration

    Early-twentieth century illustrations by Artuš Scheiner (1863 – 1938) riding horse underwater

    When I watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes I was disturbed for an unlikely reason. It wasn’t the dystopian aspect of a world where humans were no longer top of the food chain. The resonant image for me was when the apes were riding horses. I immediately checked myself. Why am I slightly […]

  • Chinoiseries and Picture Books Analysis

    Illustrators of fairy tales frequently choose styles that evoke the periods of history not particularly related to the tales but that they perceive to share the values they find in the tales. Perry Nodelman, Words About Pictures Children’s picture books draw from a great number of traditions. One of those is ‘chinoiseries’, a European mimicry…

  • Castles In Art and Storytelling

    Maxfield Parrish - Dream Castle in the Sky

    The castle is a feature of Gothic storytelling, and commonly makes appearances in ghost stories of all kinds. Dragons and castles also go together. As kids my friends and I played King of the Castle. There’s not much to it. We used a pile of dirt, left by some builders. One person climbs to the…

  • Unmentionable by Paul Jennings

    Unmentionable Paul Jennings

    Unmentionable (1991) is a collection of 9 hi-lo short stories by iconic Australian author Paul Jennings. STORY STRUCTURE OF “ICE MAIDEN” In “Ice Maiden”, a boy falls in love with an ice statue, but he gets over his love for the ice once he meets a real girl. I have some sympathy for the phenomenon…

  • The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Analysis

    The Gruffalo is an example of mythic structure, which has been super successful as a story structure across cultures for the last 3000 years.

  • Birds In Children’s Literature

    Birds occupy a special place in children’s stories, as they do in the Bible, in folklore and in fairytales. Are they good or are they evil? No other creature has so successfully been both, equally. If you’re writing a children’s story, you can do what you like with birds. Birds have always been a favourite…

  • The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko Analysis

    The Paper Bag Princess

    The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch is another feminist picturebook from the 1980s in which a scruffy princess does not end up marrying the prince. In fact, it must be one of the earliest of its kind. It’s published in 1980 and remains one of Munsch’s most popular books.

  • Dragons In Children’s Literature

    Odilon Redon (France, 1840 -1916), Roger and Angelique (Saint George and the Dragon or Andromeda saved), after 1908, oil on canvas

    Dragons have always evoked a mixture of fear and attraction. They’re everywhere in The Bestiaries. Folkloric dragons always talk. They are semi-human and have wily intelligence. Sometimes they’re regal, sometimes cowardly.