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  • The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg

    The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg

    The Garden of Abdul Gasazi (1979) was the first picture book by American author/illustrator Chris Van Allsburg, who himself admits astonishment at the book’s immediate success. This was helped by reviews in America-wide publications. Such attention has always been unusual for children’s stories, and perhaps says something about how this story appeals to all ages. Like Australia’s Shaun Tan, the…

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  • Just A Dream By Chris Van Allsburg Analysis

    Just A Dream By Chris Van Allsburg Analysis

    Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg (1990) is a picture book with an environmental message typical of its era. As part of the corpus of children’s literature with environmental messages, the 1990s offered many excellent children’s book examples of the now-outdated ‘personal responsibility’ message. Around this time children received the ‘good people recycle’ message. This replaced the ‘good people…

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  • Symbolism Of The Dream House, Cottage, Bungalow and Cabin

    Symbolism Of The Dream House, Cottage, Bungalow and Cabin

    House symbolism is an interesting way of looking at a story. Have you noticed that houses as depicted in Western picture books tend to look the same? Two storied, bedrooms upstairs, slightly untidy but still Pinterest-worthy? There’s a reason for this. Each part of a house is symbolically unique. Gaston Bachelard talks about this in his famous book on architecture and philosophy, The Poetics of Space.

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  • Dreaming In Storytelling

    Dreaming In Storytelling

    You may not remember dreaming after you sleep, but you’ll encounter many dream sequences in books. Isn’t it cheesy to rely on dreams? Don’t rational readers know that dreams cannot predict the future — that dreams are the scrabbled outworkings of a brain tidying itself up? Dreams, daydreams, visions, prophecies, processes of memory… all of these count as ‘dream sequences’.…

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