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Textbook Assignment 1. LSSL 5360 Literature for Children Patricia Wren. The Paper Bag Princess Written by: Robert Munsch Illustrated by: Michael Martchenko Munsch , R. N., & Martchenko , M. (1980).  The paper bag princess . Toronto: Annick Press. Line

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textbook assignment 1

Textbook Assignment 1

LSSL 5360

Literature for Children

Patricia Wren

The Paper Bag PrincessWritten by: Robert MunschIllustrated by: Michael MartchenkoMunsch, R. N., & Martchenko, M. (1980). The paper bag princess. Toronto: Annick Press.


The illustrator of this story, Michael Martchenko uses the visual element of line to set the mood and to show movement. He does this by allowing the reader to see how dirty and frazzled Elizabeth is after the dragon destroys everything she owns. You can see an example of how he uses line to show movement and distance when the dragon flies away from Elizabeth.


In this story, I feel like the plot is a great example of the evaluation criteria. Robert Munsch uses a logical series of happenings to move the story along. The illustrator also used the pictures as a way to move the action along. The conflict in this story is obvious to the reader, the dragon takes away Prince Ronald and Elizabeth must go save him in her paper bag dress. The conflict is clearly resolved when Elizabeth saves and then dumps Ronald.

OliviaWritten and Illustrated by Ian FalconerFalconer, I. (2000). Olivia. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.


Color is used very strategically throughout this story. Most of the illustrations are typically black and white, however the occasional use of red is used to emphasize the important features and illustrations on the page. The red is used to symbolize the fiery personality that Olivia embodies and her emotions throughout the story.

My Teacher is a Monster (No, I am Not)Written and Illustrated by Peter BrownBrown, P. (2014). My teacher is a monster! (no, I am not).


Peter Brown uses the illustrations as a story telling quality to convey that Ms. Kirby is really a monster. The illustrations directly relate to the words on the page and through a use of warm tones they express the mood of the story as well. As the story progresses, the qualities that made Ms. Kirby a monster are slowly reduced until she is finally revealed to be a human, which assists in adding crucial details to the story’s plot and character development.

It’s a BookWritten and Illustrated by Lane SmithSmith, L. (2010). It’s a book. New York: Roaring Brook Press.


The characters in It’s a Book really make the story come to life. Each character has a distinctive personality. Monkey is obviously more traditional than Jackass who is more interested in the type of WIFI the book requires. Jackass mirrors children of today and the amount of technology they have at their fingertips. The character’s traits and personalities are revealed through the dialogue of the story and even the font of each characters helps the reader to discover more about each character.

Where the Wild Things AreWritten and Illustrated by Maurice SendakSendak, M. (1963). Where the wild things are. New York: Harper & Row.


I believe this story demonstrates a strong evaluation criteria of setting. As Max’s room turns into the forest, Sendak uses illustrations to show how the setting changes. The setting in this story is also crucial to it’s plot and really transcends the reader to another place.

The Three PigsWritten and Illustrated by David WiesnerWiesner, D. (2001). The three pigs. New York: Clarion Books.


David Wiesner uses texture to enhance the realistic quality of his illustrations. The pigs seem to literally pop out of the page and are given a 3-D type of dimension. I could see this book being very appealing to students as it makes them want to actually be able to pet and touch the pigs. 

This is Not My HatWritten and Illustrated by Jon KlassenKlassen, J. (2012). This is not my hat. Somerville, Mass: Candlewick Press.


This story has a strong theme. It is easy for children to understand that stealing is wrong and that you could get caught, no matter how solid your plan seems. Klassen makes the theme evident, but presents it in a silly and fun way for the children to relate to. Seeing the Little Fish’s inner monologue as he tries to justify his actions is humorous for both adults and children.


This story demonstrates composition because Klassen really uses all of the elements in his illustrations. He was very deliberate in his choices of visual elements and it is evident in his illustrations.The lines, shapes, and colors work together to create a story that is well constructed for the reader. He uses colors and shapes to help camouflage the characters and encourages the reader to find them.

Mirror Mirror: A book of reversible verseWritten by Marilyn SingerIllustrated by JoseeMasseSinger, M., & Masse, J. (2010). Mirror mirror: A book of reversible verse. New York, N.Y: Dutton Children’s Books.


Masse uses different shapes to develop the characters and the settings. Strong geometric shapes are present, such as circles, ovals, diamonds, and even hearts. The use of the different shapes really help the reader become entranced by the illustrations in this story.

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban FolktaleRetold by Carmen Agra DeedyIllustrated by Michael AustinDeedy, C. A., & Austin, M. (2007). Martina, the beautiful cockroach: A Cuban folktale. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree.

Cultural Markers

This story depicts accuracy with the culture by having the characters be animals and not people. This way, they ensure that the readers are not offended by their representations. I also think this plot is interesting to students and it even has a twist that one would not predict. The story also uses language and concepts from the Cuban culture in a way that is relateable to all readers. For example, not only Cuban grandmothers are influential in their grandchildren’s lives.

The Legend of the Bluebonnet: An Old Tale of TexasRetold and Illustrated by TomieDePaolaDePaola, T. (1983). The legend of the bluebonnet: An old tale of Texas. New York: Putnam.


TomieDePaolo’s books all have a very distinct style that allow you to easily recognize them as his. His illustrations use the same elements of color and composition. He tells stories and legends in a way that is enticing to the reader and flow effortlessly throughout each of his books.

Examples of TomieDePaolo’s Style: