Monthly Archives: September 2016

Robert Browning and Tolkien- Dark and Mysterious

   In looking at this past week, a large focus was on comparing the video game realm Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) to texts such as Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings- Part 1- Fellowship of the Ring a poem by Robert Browning. Our class focused on Robert Browning’s Poem, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower … Continue reading “Robert Browning and Tolkien- Dark and Mysterious” Continue reading

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Ever, Jane: Mansfield Park and MMORPGs

Every MMORPG I’ve ever played has had murder as a basic and essential game mechanic. Need to complete a quest, advance a level, acquire an item? Better go kill a dozen wolves/bandits/pirates/mages so that you can get enough exp/gold to… buy more powerful weapons and kill stronger wolves/bandits/et cetera. Even in Lord of the Rings … Continue reading “Ever, Jane: Mansfield Park and MMORPGs” Continue reading

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Free Fridays: Animal House

What would your dream home look like if you were a monkey? How about if you were a squirrel? Animal House, written and illustrated by Melissa Bay Mathis, is an imaginative and child-centered picture book that encourages readers to consider the idea of “home” from a variety of new perspectives. The book begins with a […] Continue reading

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Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings: Is it really an allegory?

To be honest, the first time I read The Lord of the Rings, I didn’t think that it could be allegorical of anything at all. It was a highly fictional world with Elves and Dwarves and Magical Rings that are just too imaginative to be part of the real world. To me, Lord of the … Continue reading “Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings: Is it really an allegory?” Continue reading

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Traditional Thursday: Richard Scarry’s Busy, Busy Town

As a child, one of my favorite authors and illustrators was Richard Scarry. I would spend hours immersing myself in his fictional universe, Busytown, full of familiar faces and colorful places. I read many of his books revolving around the citizens of Busytown, and it was exciting for me to see those characters expand to […] Continue reading

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Winners Wednesday: Drum Dream Girl

Margarita Engle and Rafael López picture book, Drum Dream Girl, tells the story of a young girl who wants to play drums on the island of music but cannot because everyone says that only boys can play drums.  Each night she dreams about playing the drums and everywhere she goes in life she hears music.  She […] Continue reading

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Cleonardo: The Little Inventor

Mary GrandPré’s beautiful new children’s book, Cleonardo: The Little Inventor, is told from Cleonardo’s perspective and hinges on the upcoming Grand Festival of Inventions in her town.  Her father is the local inventor for the town, as was her grandfather, her great-grandfather, and all the great-greats before them. Cleonardo loves his marvelous creations that help the town […] Continue reading

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Luna & Me by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

Luna & Me: The True Story of a Girl Who Lived in a Tree to Save a Forest, written and illustrated by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw, is an informative narrative about a girl named Butterfly, and her bond with a redwood tree, Luna. When Butterfly first meets Luna, she learns that people are planning on cutting […] Continue reading

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Campbell’s Universal Mythology

Among the five most important books I’ve ever read was The Power of Myth, by Joseph Campbell. It was assigned to the other section in my high school English class, but my teacher offered me a copy, somehow sensing that I would love it. This book—in fact it is the transcription of a series of … Continue reading “Campbell’s Universal Mythology” Continue reading

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Flight of the Dodo by Peter Brown

Flight of the Dodo, written and illustrated by Peter Brown, tells the story of a group of flightless birds called Waddlers, who want to fly.  Flying was a dream that none of them thought about seriously until one day, bird poop from a flying goose hits Penguin on the shoulder.  Furious, he rallies up his […] Continue reading

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