Tag: weather

  • Snowmen In Art and Storytelling

    It’s that time of year in Australia, when it starts to get uncomfortably hot and I start looking at pictures of snow.

  • Storms, Cyclones and Wind in Art and Storytelling

    The wind blew as ’twad blawn its last; The rattling showers rose on the blast; The speedy gleams the darkness swallow’d; Loud, deep, and lang, the thunder bellow’d: That night, a child might understand, The Deil had business on his hand. Robert Burns In some parts of the world, wind is associated with a certain […]

  • Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell Analysis

    Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

    Wolf in the Snow (2017) is an almost wordless picture book written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell, with links to the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. All picturebooks are puzzles. The details of pictures invite attention to their implications. The unmoving pictures require viewers to solve the puzzle of what actions and motions they…

  • The Fog by Maclear and Pak

    The Fog is a picture book by written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Kenard Pak. This is an example of a story for children that starts out in comical fashion, but you soon realise there’s a horrifying environmental message. The metaphor of fog serves double duty as a symbol of climate change and as…

  • The Useless Donkeys by Lydia Pender and Judith Cowell (1979) Analysis

    The Useless Donkeys is a 1979 picture book written by Lydia Pender and illustrated by Judith Cowell. At first I thought The Useless Donkeys was going to be a more realistic, earlier version of Walter The Farting Dog in which an adult threatens to get rid of a family pet, but over the course of…

  • Fog Symbolism

    Yellow Fog

    In stories and in art, fog and mist symbolises a variety of related things: obfuscation, mystery, dreams, confusion and a blurring between reality and unreality. First, a description of fog from classic literature: Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled…

  • Blackdog by Levi Pinfold Analysis

    Throughout history, folklore has included stories of dogs who roam towns at night, especially in Britain. There’s Wiltshire’s Wilton dog or the fierce mastiff that roamed the streets of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Anyone who has ever seen a huge unfriendly dog standing right outside their glass door will know how frightening it can be. Pinfold takes that fear…

  • Ponyo by Miyazaki Symbolism and Structure

    Japanese title: Gake no ue no ponyo (Ponyo At The Top Of The Cliff)

    Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo is a feature-length anime which makes heavy use of  myth and symbolism but is aimed squarely at a young child audience.