Posts Tagged "Chris Lenois"

Harry Potter Influences Muggle Election

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Children's Literature, Community Partnerships | Comments Off on Harry Potter Influences Muggle Election

Harry Potter Influences Muggle Election

Just when you thought nothing more could be written or read about the 2016 American presidential election, in steps the boy wizard. The Boy Wizard Returns For twenty years author J.K. Rowling has held readers and movie-goers in thrall.  With 450 million copies of the Harry Potter books sold worldwide in 73 languages, Rowling has created a beloved brand that was worth 15 billion dollars in 2013. That estimated worth was before tickets went on sale for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the new play written by Jack Thorne with J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany.  The play premiered on...

Read More

There MIGHT Be Giants (In KidLit)

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Children's Literature, Podcast | Comments Off on There MIGHT Be Giants (In KidLit)

There MIGHT Be Giants (In KidLit)

There was a time when there MIGHT have been giants.  The existence of giant, ill-tempered men could explain thunderstorms, volcanoes, mountain ranges and people that disappeared in the night.  But as the world was explored and explained, giants fell into myth.  But all things that have sifted into myth live on in children’s stories. Giants may stand in for that childhood feeling that other humans and the world are awfully BIG and sometimes awfully mean.  Like Jack, children may want to outwit these big people by sheer bravado. But then there are the friendly giants that spare us from...

Read More

KidLit Left Out in the Elements

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Children's Literature, Community Partnerships, Podcast, Uncategorized | Comments Off on KidLit Left Out in the Elements

KidLit Left Out in the Elements

It was dark and stormy night… —A Wrinkle in Time Preschoolers must learn their seasons, but as they grow they will find storms and changes in the weather an ever increasing metaphor for change in their lives and the outside world.  From Madeleine L’Engle’s famous and cliché opening to A Wrinkle in Time, we remember the great storm of adolescence.  If you are a fan of said metaphors, here is handy list of weather metaphors! Listen to the podcast chatter about atmospheric kidlit on Green Mountain Morning!   The Carnival at Bray By Jessie Ann Foley Publisher: Elephant...

Read More

Fractured Fairy Tales, Shattered Slippers

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Children's Literature, Community Partnerships, Podcast, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fractured Fairy Tales, Shattered Slippers

Fractured Fairy Tales, Shattered Slippers

Children’s literature has been feverishly fracturing fairy tales since Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith released the The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales in 1992. Do the princess fairy tales featuring girls only made powerful by their beauty (and sometimes kindness) need to be especially fractured?  Do we need to smash the glass slippers for girls and women to smash the glass ceiling? Is it time to encourage your child to leave behind the Disney Princess Halloween costume?  Look to A Mighty Girl for a “Girl Empowerment Costume Guide.” Curious City joined Chris...

Read More

Lost (and Found) at Sea

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Children's Literature, Community Partnerships | Comments Off on Lost (and Found) at Sea

Lost (and Found) at Sea

  Curious City has an ocean view.  Or at least, if we walk out our doors and down a steep hill we found ourselves on a sheltered bay of the Atlantic.  From the beach these last weeks, you can watch people squeezing the last sails of the season before high winds and cold settle in. As the refugee crisis continues to play out on the beaches of the Middle East, Northern Africa and Europe, those images screen in over my idyllic Maine view.  And, of course, the image of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed ashore is there.  That is an image of lost childhood that we can never unsee. Kevin...

Read More