I’m working with Jonny and Jack for my presentation which is fine because I get on with them but the problem is, is that I want to focus on children’s illustration whereas the boys illustrations are more mature and aimed at adults. We will have to find common ground to create a smashing presentation.
I have been emailing my tutor back and forth ideas that we came up with but they were always too vague. First we started off with animals and how they are represented, I would have focused on a specific children’s book called The Tiger Who came to Tea by Judith Kerr and Mr Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown.
I was going to analyse the story hidden behind the book and show the secret meaning, for example Judith Kerr escaped Germany before Hitler came into power and her father was on the wanted list. The Tiger could be the character that represents the Nazis coming into her house after she left and taking all her stuff to keep or burn. For more information on this there a few sites that are good:
This video from the amazon website is an interview with Judith Kerr and she talks about her life in Germany including why she ran with her family from Germany. It is extremely interesting and I fell in love with her and her work even more!
I was going to compare The Tiger Who Came to Tea with this book Mr. Tiger Goes Wild as I thought they were totally different. This book written in the 21st Century and uses modern techniques for a bright and colourful layered picture book. Based on tiger who lives the posh and ‘correct’ way with suits and ties in an orderly fashion and he wants to go into the wild to explore the world and not stay in the perfect city. I thought the hidden message was that people should once on a while go and explore the world and experience new things instead of staying in the city all their life stuck in a routine. For further information I looked at these sites:
I was going to compare the characterisation, the emotional responses that children will get from the characters, the use of material, the hidden messages behind it, should we put hidden messages in children’s books? etc
After talking to the tutor he said ti was still too vague and so we went back to the drawing board although I am glad I still looked into it as I never knew about The Tiger Who Came to Tea hidden story and I learnt a lot about the illustrator and her past.
Days went by edging ever closer to the main day and this presentation is worth 50% of the total marks so it’s pretty important to get it right! Eventually we thought about focusing on gender and stereotypes as this can cover Jonny’s artist who was David Foldvari and I could apply this to my passion. We decided to break it up into three sections:
- What is gender?
- How is it portrayed?
- How has the line between genders blurred
- How is gender represented in Children’s books?
- How has it changed from the 18th Century for example to the 21st Century
- How is gender not so divided when you grow older?
- Innocence lost – David Foldvari’s work
Now we had a rough layout of what each of us was going to concentrate on we can begin creating the presentation. The good thing about this was that mine and Jonny’s section interlinked as when children grow up they ar told the difference between female and male roles but as you grow older these lines blur and you are told everyone is equal.
I am going to post my section of the presentation on the next post and write what I said, after this I can then analyse what worked and what didn’t after we presented on monday.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea, [internet]. Available from: http://img.dooyoo.co.uk/GB_EN/orig/0/0/3/6/2/36267.jpg, [Accessed 11 March 2014, 6.07pm].
Jennifer., 2013, Mr Tiger Goes Wild book review and giveaway, [internet] Available from: http://sugarpopribbons.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/mr-tiger-goes-wild-book-review-giveaway.html, [Accessed 11 March 2014, 6.10pm].