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Week 1

Animal Minds and What's in Them

Through our Eyes only

1. Self awareness in animals

2. (Mis)Representing animals


Week 2

Fables

Aesop's Fables - CLICK to go to web page! - read 5-10 fables of your choice and present 3 in class.

John Gay' (1685 - 1732) Fables click to download - just 2 pages

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1913) - Fantastic Fables click to download! - a selection of just 6 pages.

James Thurber (1894-1961)- American columnist and cartoonist - 6 modern fables illustrated by Thurber himself.


Week 3

Animal legends

Original stories inspired by well-known animal legends.

Rudyard Kipling - Just So Stories

Doubleday 1912 original edition - beautifully illustrated with colour vignettes (13 MB).

Doubleday 1912, mostly black and white - - (4 MB) lower quality, text cannot be selected

Pessnsylvania State U 2003 electronic edition - - small file (just 0.9 MB), selectable text, good for screen reading.

How the Whale Got His Throat (10-minute animation)

How the leopard got his spots (10-minute animation)

How the Rhino got his Skin (9-minute animation)

How the Kangoroo got his Legs (4-minute video)


Week 4

The creation of the animal books for the little ones

Beatrix Potter - The Tale of Peter Rabbit

"Beatrix Potter - Who Wrote That" - autobiography of Beatrix Potter, the author of "Tale of Peter Rabbit"

Beatrix Potter - The Tale of Peter Rabbit - - beautiful highh quality edition with Potter's original watercolour illustrations.

Beatrix Potter - The Tale of Peter Rabbit - an abbreviated educational version (24 pages)

The World of Beatrix Potter - website

Webpage on at Womens Children's Book Illustrators


Week 5

Animal books for the little ones (2)

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame -

Read the first 3 chapters (some 30 pages) and take notes on the characterization of the animal protagonists !
Then look on the internet for illustrations that best fit your mental image of 3 or 4 such heroes and save them / print them out.

The Wind in the Willows - first American edition, Scribner, 1913. Nicely illustrated. (14 MB)

The Wind in the Willows - good for printing out - - double page on A4 (formatted by AO) (1.4 MB).

The Wind in the Willows - Feedbooks.org - - good for reading on computer screen (0.7 MB)

The Wind in the Willows - LIT format for Microsoft reader (download reader) - - best for small screen, eReader or smartphone (0.3 MB).

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne


A description of each of the characters in Winnie the Pooh, from P-P-Piglet to Roo, complete with size, likes and dislikes.
A summary of the episodes (scroll to the storylines).
A Winnie-the-Pooh alphabet and a map of the 100-Aker Wood.

On the Just Pooh website

read three complete stories from the series:
Pooh Goes Visiting,
Tigges Comes to the Forest and
Tiggers Don't Climb Trees
plus a graphic presentation of the little heroes.


Week 6

Feral children: Rudyard Kipling - The Jungle Book

1984 edition (Doubleday, London) - 5 MB

Luxury edition of 1913 - - The Century, New York (17 MB)

superb Romanian edition with color visual annotations on marginalia to buy from - 30 lei.

And just browse / skim:
Edgar Rice Burroughs - Tarzan - 360 pages

A biography of Johnny Weismuller,
the Timisoara-born American actor who played Tarzan - - written by his son (fragments, 50 pages).


Week 7

Anna Sewell - Black Beauty

Original edition of 1894 (New York: Hovendon) - 10MB

Printable & searchable edition by FeedBooks - 169 pages, 0,6 MB

Screen-friendly edition (to read on a PC screen) - in LIT format readable with the free Microsoft Reader

"Black Beauty" in ePUB format - requires the installation of Mobipocket Reader, that you can download from HERE.

Lovely Romanian edition with color visual annotations on marginalia to buy from - 30 lei


Week 8

Jack London - White Fang

"White Fang" (14 MB) - 1906 edition

"White Fang" ePub format - = requires the installation of Mobipocket Reader, that you can download from HERE.

Jack London - Call of the Wild

"Call of the Wild" (20 MB) 1903 original edition

"Call of the Wild" ePub format - requires the installation of Mobipocket Reader, that you can download from HERE.

Nice Romanian edition with color visual annotations on marginalia to buy Editura ALL.


Week 10

E.B. White "Charlotte's Web"

"Charlotte's Web"

Kid's don't understand "humble" - an article


Week 11

Kate DiCamillo "The Tale of Despereaux"

About The Tale of Despereaux - ePub

Kate DiCamillo "Because of Winn-Dixie"

About Because of Winn Dixie - ePub

Week 12

Kathryn Lasky- The Guardians of Ga'houle

About Book One "The Capture" Lasky Gahoule ePub book (REPLACED with correct file!)

"Guadrians of Ga'houle" film - link to the trailer.

Film Music (& lyrics) by Owl City (Adam Young) - YouTube


Week 13

Mark Kurlansky - Cod:
A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

Cod: A Biography of the Fish


Week 14

Michael Pollen - The Omnivore's Dilemma
- Young Reader Edition

Part 1, Chapter 5: The Feedlotó"Turning Corn into Meat" (especially "The Story of Steer No. 534").

Plus Chapter 7 - "Fat from Corn" & Chapter 8 "The Omnivore's Dilemma"

About: Omnivore's Dilemma


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