Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Questing Beast

There is a wonderful part of The Camelot Project at the University of Rochester; it's an article about The Questing Beast. There's a background essay, with seven different illustrations in the gallery. Here are my two favorites from that gallery, and you can also learn more at Wikipedia.

Arthur Rackham, from The Romance of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table (1917)

H. J. Ford, from The Book of Romance (1902)

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Willy Pogany

One of my favorite book illustrators is Willy Pogany, so I thought I would write up a post with some of his work; you can see his illustrations in the Turkish Fairy Tales unit for class. You can read more about him at Wikipedia.

Friday, December 2, 2016


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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fairy Tale Composers and Collectors

Here is a nifty poster of Fairy Tale Composers and Collectors from Fairylogue Press.

The poster includes many authors; I've bolded the ones who are part of the UnTextbook: Charles Perrault, Andrew Lang, Brothers Grimm, Yei Theodora Ozaki, J. M. Barrie, Madame D'Aulnoy, P. Chaykovsky, Scheherazade, Hans Christian Andersen, Joseph Jacobs, Alexander Afanasyev, Asbjornsen and Moe, George MacDonald, L. Frank Baum, Lewis Carroll, Carlo Collodi, Robert Southey, Mademoiselle de La Force, and Marie Leprince de Beaumont.