The three little pigs and the art of playfulness

Knight, Linda M (2004) The three little pigs and the art of playfulness. In Seriously Playful : Genre, Performance and Text. Post Pressed, Flaxton QLD, pp. 43-52.


A number of pictorial based texts for children use animals as models for displaying or approaching aspects of childhood. Although authors and illustrators utilise various tactics for including anthropomorphic animals in their books, those that are used as 'surrogate' children can be seen to focus in the main on issues of behaviour, socialisation and maturity - issues that reflect the everyday life of the growing child. This paper aims to explore three pictorial texts that specifically utilise the pig character as a child model, to facilitate for authors/illustrators the opportunity to deal with examples of childhood experience. The paper also tentatively examines how such roles might encourage a reassessment of other more stereotypical associations some audiences have historically/culturally formed about the pig.

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ID Code: 42355
Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 1-876682-62-0
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Deposited On: 04 Jul 2011 01:34
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2011 01:34

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