Tag: toys

  • 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 […]

  • Pygmalion In Modern Stories And Literature

    Pygmalion In Modern Stories And Literature

    Pygmalion was a sculptor who falls in love with an ivory statue he had carved. The most famous story about him is the narrative poem Metamorphoses by Ovid. (Pygmalion can be found in book ten.) In this poem Aphrodite turns the statue into a real woman for him. In some versions they have a son,…

  • The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban

    The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban

    This middle grade novel features talking animals, especially mice, toys and doll’s houses. The Mouse and His Child is no Velveteen Rabbit, however. As Margaret Blount says, The Mouse and His Child defies classification, and is therefore of interest to critics and children’s literature enthusiasts: Russell Hoban’s The Mouse and His Child (1969) is such a strange,…

  • It’s The Bear! by Jez Alborough Analysis

    It’s The Bear! by Jez Albrough  is one of our daughter’s favourite picture books. She loved it when she was three, and still loves it even though she is now seven. It’s The Bear! is the second of Jez Alborough’s three hugely successful bear books from the 1990s. Published in 1996, It’s The Bear came…

  • Dogger by Shirley Hughes Picture Book Analysis

    Dogger by Shirley Hughes Picture Book Analysis

    child had been cancelled from a local library and was covered in yellowing sellotape. I still have that copy.