The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame Analysis

Wind in the Willows cover David Petersen

A man in the shape of a Mole’s body feels a yearning which can only be fulfilled by entering the most transgressive parts of his own psychology, externally represented by the Wild Wood. On his journey, he meets other men, each driven by their own secret (and not so secret) passions.

Passages, Hallways and Corridors in Art and Storytelling

Herbert Thomas Dicksee - Memories, an Old Man Seated in a Church 1885

When storytellers focus on the hallways and passages of a building, look for metaphor. Take note of the width of the passageway: Narrow passages might represent the will to escape. Broad passages represent freedom and space. The tunnel is the naturally occurring equivalent of the manmade passage. In houses, the passages, hallways and corridors are……

Bertie’s Escapade by Kenneth Grahame (1949)

Bertie’s Escapade is a carnivalesque, adorable book which would be a great pre-reader if you’re wondering whether your child is ready for a Wind In The Willows read aloud. You’ll recognise the illustrator as the very same who depicted Winnie-the-Pooh. That said, I can’t resist digging a little deeper into this story, because there is a……

Shapes of Plots In Children’s Literature

Ernst Haeckel, (German, 1834-Jena, August 8, 1919), Illustration No. 71, Stephoidea from Art forms in Nature, 1904

While this post started off with a focus on children’s literature, it is absolutely a post about all kinds of narrative, for any human audience. The success of a novel is only five percent about the structure and ninety-five percent about the quality of the writing.Elizabeth Lyons, Manuscript Makeover Younger writers should be experimenting with……