Tag: Philip Pullman

  • Storytelling Tips from Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman

    Storytelling Tips from Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman

    Northern Lights is a young adult story with broad appeal for adults. The plot follows mythic structure.

  • The Ideology Of Work Ethic In Children’s Literature

    The Ideology Of Work Ethic In Children’s Literature

    Good children work hard. Lazy children lose out. Working hard has an apotropaic effect on your fate. (So long as you keep working, bad things won’t happen to you.) This view of work ethic is so ingrained throughout children’s stories that it’s hardly noticed. However, there is speculation these days (in fact since the 1970s) that humanity […]

  • Religion In Children’s Literature

    Religion In Children’s Literature

    Religion is still everywhere. So, reflecting and influencing the culture in which we find them, children’s books are not secular either. It’s interesting to interrogate the role of religion in children’s literature because children’s literature is an acculturating medium: It will introduce children to social life and history so is both educational and enjoyable. Many…

  • The Symbolism Of Flight In Children’s Literature

    The Symbolism Of Flight In Children’s Literature

    Flight is amazingly common in children’s stories. Several other motifs should be considered symbolically similar: floating — e.g. by holding onto helium balloons, levitating by magic or by supernatural means going up onto a high place, such as a roof or a tree(house) — Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s tree house series are mega bestsellers…