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William Blake: The Animal Activist?

“All Animals upon the Earth are prepared in strength / To go forth to the Great Harvest & Vintage of the Nations” What we are seeing here is not just a commentary on the coming apocalypse, but also a call to Blake’s love of nature and the animals within. We can look at Blake’s passage […] Continue reading

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Pattan’s Pumpkin: A Traditional Flood Story from Southern India

Pattan’s Pumpkin: A Traditional Flood Story from Southern India Chitra Soundar and Frané Lessac have adapted a traditional Irula story to make it more accessible: turning the traditional churraka into a pumpkin and highlighting the story’s universal themes. The story does, not, however, abandon its cultural roots. It is authentic in its language, retaining the Indian names […] Continue reading

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Tacky the Penguin

Tacky the Penguin written by Helen Lester and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger is truly a children’s literature classic. How is being different a good thing? Let Tacky share his story with you… Tacky the Penguin is an odd bird, he doesn’t do things like his companions Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect do. Tacky greets […] Continue reading

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Free Fridays: The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

Greg Pizzoli creates a hilarious tale that so many children can relate to in The Watermelon Seed.  Greg Pizzoli writes and illustrates children’s books, while still teaching at University of the Arts part-time.  He has written and illustrated Not Very Scary, The Watermelon Seed, and Number One Sam.  He contributed to three books which will […] Continue reading

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Bernhard Siegfried Albinus and Brian Jacques

In the following blog post, Killian C. Quigley discusses Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison’s Objectivity in conjunction with personal and societal perceptions of “nature.” The author gives a anecdotal story about how the books he read as a child influenced his contemporary view on nature, and relates it to Daston and Galison’s theories of “truth-to-nature,” […] Continue reading

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