Tag: rule of three

  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (1970) Picture Book Analysis

    Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (1970) Picture Book Analysis

    from the book “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble” written and illustrated by William Steig, published by Windmill Books, Simon & Shuster, New York, 1969. Winner of the Caldecott Medal in 1970

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  • Snow White and Rose Red Fairytale Analysis

    Snow White and Rose Red Fairytale Analysis

    There are many slightly-altered versions of “Snow White and Rose Red” but I’ll refer to a version set down by the Grimm Brothers. This is the story of a lesser known Snow White.

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  • Feuille d’Album by Katherine Mansfield Analysis

    Feuille d’Album by Katherine Mansfield Analysis

    “Feuille d’Album” (1917) is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, included in the Bliss collection. The word ‘album’ comes from Latin, neuter of albus ‘white’, and used as a noun means ‘a blank tablet’. This is the story of a man who appears to have no personality. Because of this, a group of women become fascinated by him, imagining he has deep, dark…

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  • The Tale of Mrs Tittlemouse by Beatrix Potter Analysis

    The Tale of Mrs Tittlemouse by Beatrix Potter Analysis

    Which mouse are you? Fight, flight, freeze or appease? Beatrix Potter’s Mrs. Tittlemouse (1910) is inclined to appease, as perhaps you must, if you are small and vulnerable. Except every mouse I have ever met is a bolshy, ‘sit on this and swivel’ type. In winter they hang out behind the dishwasher and will hurtle their brown little bodies across…

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  • Mercy Watson Thinks Like A Pig by Kate diCamillo Analysis

    Mercy Watson Thinks Like A Pig by Kate diCamillo Analysis

    Kate diCamillo’s Mercy Watson series are genius examples of funny, endearing, broad-audience picture books. There’s so much to learn. Today I take a deep dive into Mercy Watson Thinks Like A Pig. Eugenia and Baby Lincoln may live next door to a pig, but that doesn’t stop them from living a gracious life. And the amiable Mercy Watson is equally…

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  • Ernestine and Kit by Kevin Barry Analysis

    Ernestine and Kit by Kevin Barry Analysis

    “Ernestine and Kit” is a short story by Kevin Barry, included in Dark Lies The Island (2013). It has been made into a short film by Simon Bird if you can get a hold of it. This is black humour at its best. I was captivated with this crime story from beginning to end — the suspense is well-paced, and the…

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  • The Pigeon Wants A Puppy by Mo Willems Analysis

    The Pigeon Wants A Puppy by Mo Willems Analysis

    The Pigeon Wants A Puppy by Mo Willems is one of my kid’s favourite books. The Pigeon books are similar to the Elephant and Piggie books in graphic design and in humour. STORY STRUCTURE OF THE PIGEON WANTS A PUPPY SHORTCOMING When I read this quote from the author/illustrator I knew that Willems thinks of story in the same way…

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  • Alice Munro, Queenie & Coercive Control

    Alice Munro, Queenie & Coercive Control

    One remarkable thing about Alice Munro: her ability to see aspects of psychology which only drew public attention decades later. In “The Bear Came Over The Mountain” we have a beautiful character study of a philandering man and, his self-justification for wrong-doing and what has since been called sexual solipsism. In “Queenie” Munro paints a picture of what the authorities call ‘coercive control’, or what is known in pop-culture as ‘gaslighting’ (after the 1944 movie).

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  • The Three Strangers by Thomas Hardy Short Story Study

    The Three Strangers by Thomas Hardy Short Story Study

    “The Three Strangers” is a short story by Thomas Hardy, published as a serial in 1883. The story is set in 1820s pastoral England and is one of Hardy’s ‘Wessex Tales’. SETTING OF “THE THREE STRANGERS” Reading this story now, nigh on 200 years after it’s set, the setting of “The Three Strangers” feels almost mythical. This is partly achieved…

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  • Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    “Her First Ball” is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, written 1921. Though this story is nigh on 100 years old, it’s a tale of pick up artist culture, and reminds of the ‘toolies’ who attend Schoolies Week here in Australia. STORY STRUCTURE OF “HER FIRST BALL” Leila has turned 18, so must now attend balls in order to find…

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  • President Squid by Aaron Reynolds and Sara Varon Analysis

    President Squid by Aaron Reynolds and Sara Varon Analysis

    The most hilarious thing about President Squid is that it is not about President Trump. Well, of course it’s about Trump and all of his kind, but as the author told Betsy Bird in an interview,  it was already written and in the publishing pipeline before Trump even began his campaign. Reynolds wrote it around 2013/2014 with an election year…

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  • Joy Story Short Film Storytelling Technique

    Joy Story Short Film Storytelling Technique

    Joy Story is the perfect short film to teach kids story structure, focusing on character empathy and anagnorisis. This story is also interesting in the way it handles gender. Story Structure Of Joy Story SHORTCOMING This story has a clear main character — the dog. I guess the dog’s name is Joy. Which in the West, at least, codes her…

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  • Up and Up by Shirley Hughes Analysis

    Up and Up by Shirley Hughes 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 another wordless picture book, this time by Shirley Hughes: Up and Up, from 1979. STORY STRUCTURE OF UP AND UP Up and Up is a carnivalesque portal fantasy,…

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  • Goldilocks and The Three Bears Fairy Tale Analysis

    Goldilocks and The Three Bears Fairy Tale 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 classic fairytale, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. STORY STRUCTURE OF GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS Here’s the version I’m looking at: Goldilocks, wildflower picker, enters the snug…

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  • Hud Film Study

    Hud Film Study

    Hud is a 1962 black and white film based on Larry McMurtry’s first novel, Horseman, Pass By. There is a connection to children’s literature here — Patricia Neal who plays the housekeeper was Roald Dahl’s wife. Neal had a severe stroke not long after this film was made. Her recovery meant she had problems with language. The made-up vocabulary of…

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