Tag: mythic structure

  • The Adventures Of Beekle by Dan Santat Analysis

    The Adventures Of Beekle by Dan Santat Analysis

    The Adventures of Beekle is a picture book by Dan Santat and winner of the 2015 Caldecott Medal. Santat’s picture books make excellent close-reading examples for discussion about colour as it relates to emotion. The New York Times compares Beekle to Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. I see many similarities between Beekle […]

  • The Voyage by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    The Voyage by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    “The Voyage” is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, written 1921. Katherine Mansfield always disliked intellectualism and aestheticism (one thing she had in common with her husband John Middleton Murray). She strove to combine a realist way of writing with personal and relatable symbols. “The Voyage” is a good example of her philosophy on that.…

  • The Trip by Ezra Jack Keats Analysis

    The Trip by Ezra Jack Keats Analysis

    The Trip by Ezra Jack Keats was first published 1978, which makes it 40 years old. This picture book is an excellent example of photography as motif, but using a peep show box instead.

  • Theodore Mouse Goes To Sea by Michaela Muntean Analysis

    Theodore Mouse Goes To Sea by Michaela Muntean Analysis

    Theodore Mouse Goes To Sea is a Little Golden Book first published 1983. The illustrations are by Lucinda McQueen. There is a series of stories about Theodore the Mouse.

  • Scuffy The Tugboat by Gertrude Crampton Analysis

    Scuffy The Tugboat by Gertrude Crampton Analysis

    The Little Golden Books series was launched in 1942, just as the second world war ended. Children needed to hunker down with cosy stories (along with their parents). Scuff The Tugboat was one of the earlier publications of this highly successful franchise, first printed in 1946, and the epitome of ‘cosy’. Now you can buy…

  • American Honey Film Study

    American Honey Film Study

    American Honey, directed by Andrea Arnold, is the granddaughter of Thelma and Louise — a road journey with classic mythic structure which follows the coming-of-age (or not) of an 18-year-old named Star.

  • Bye Bye Baby by Janet and Allan Ahlberg Analysis

    Bye Bye Baby by Janet and Allan Ahlberg Analysis

    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. Let’s look closely at a picture book called Bye Bye Baby by husband and wife team Janet and Allan Ahlberg. I’ve chosen Bye Bye Baby to contrast…

  • Piper by Emma Chichester Clark Analysis

    Piper by Emma Chichester Clark Analysis

    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. Let’s look closely at a picture book called Piper by Emma Chichester Clark. Piper is a bit of a maudlin tale, and Piper the dog is similar…

  • 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.

  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss Analysis

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss Analysis

    This month I’m blogging a series aimed at teaching kids how to structure a story. This seven-step structure works for all forms of narrative. It works for picture books, songs, commercials, films and novels. Today I take a close look at another Dr Seuss early reader, Green Eggs and Ham. Green Eggs and Ham is buddy…

  • I Had Trouble In Getting To Solla Sollew Analysis

    I Had Trouble In Getting To Solla Sollew Analysis

    This month I’m blogging a series aimed at teaching kids how to structure a story. This seven-step structure works for all forms of narrative. It works for picture books, songs, commercials, films and novels. Today I take a close look at I Had Trouble In Getting To Solla Sollew by Dr Seuss. Solla Sollew is plotted using…

  • The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Analysis

    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.