Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Brave Tamatori

From one of my favorite Twitter feeds, Bibliophilia, comes this gorgeous picture: the brave Tamatori attacked by the octopus by the artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798 - 1861), and you can read about Princess Tamatori in the Japanese Mythology unit.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wikipedia: Jinn

A lot of people in class have been reading 1001 Nights this week, so I thought I would share this Wikipedia article about the Jinn, which has some lovely art too!

Sunday, February 12, 2017


The word labyrinth comes to English from Greek, and it is connected to the story of the famous labyrinth which Daedalus built for King Minos in which King Minos imprisoned the Minotaur; later, the hero Theseus was able to enter the labyrinth, slay the Minotaur, and find his way back out, with the help of Ariadne's thread. You can read all about Daedalus, Minos, the Minotaur, Theseus, and Ariadne at Wikipedia.

But what about labyrinths and other mazes? To find out more, read this article in the Smithsonian: Walk the World's Most Meditative Labyrinths.

You might also enjoy this video: Labyrinth History & Walking.

Friday, February 10, 2017

A World of Reading

This is an amazing map was created by Martin Vargic, a 17-year-old Slovakian artist. Here's an overview of the whole map, plus one detailed section and one more detailed section; you can find lots more images and more information about the map:  A 17-Year-Old Artist Created This Incredible Map Of Literature.

Monday, February 6, 2017