Toad and Pooh

Ernest H. Shepard (1879 – 1976) was an English artist and book illustrator known especially for his illustrations of anthropomorphic* characters in The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne. (more)

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Christopher Robin’s braces in Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

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Toad’s motorcar in The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

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*Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human traits and emotions.

Personification is the related attribution of human form and characteristics to abstract concepts such as nations, emotions and natural forces like seasons and the weather.

Both have ancient roots as storytelling and artistic devices, and most cultures have traditional fables with anthropomorphized animals as characters. People have also routinely attributed human emotions and behavioural traits to wild as well as domestic animals. (More)

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Today’s assignment:

1. Use pen and ink today. (Fine nib sharpie-type pens will do.)

2. Create an animal version of your protagonist.

3. Give him/her an interesting prop (just as Toad has his motorcar and Pooh often has his honey.)