Drawing attention to form and shape

In the book, Rapunzel’s Supermarket (which I mentioned really liking the other day), Ursula Kolbe often refers to poetry and art (and how to integrate these into an art lesson). For example, she writes: “The poem, Animals’ Houses, draws attention to form and shape in a most delightful way.” (p.24)

“ANIMALS’ HOUSES

Of animals’ houses
Two sorts are found –

Those which are square ones
And those which are round.

Square is a hen-house,
A kennel, a sty:
Cows have square houses
And so have I.

A snail’s shell is curly,
A bird’s nest round;
Rabbits have twisty burrows
Underground.

But the fish in the bowl
And the fish at sea – 
Their houses are round
As a house can be.

JAMES REEVES” (p.24)

Ref: (italics in original, bold blue emphases mine) Ursula Kolbe (2007) Rapunzel’s Supermarket: All about young children and their art. Second Edn. Pippinot Press: Byron Bay, NSW.

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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