Stick Man

Click HERE to watch Julia Donaldson read her story aloud.

After reading Stick Man by Julia Donaldson, write an essay using one of these formats:

1. Julia Donaldson powerfully portrays the meaning of Christmas in her picture book Stick Man (Arthur A. Levine, 2008). In the story, …
Similarly, in the original story of Christmas, …
There are many other literary allusions in Stick Man. … While Donaldson’s silly story is for young children, it can be appreciated by readers of all ages.

 

2. Julia Donaldson powerfully portrays the struggles of life in her picture book Stick Man (Arthur A. Levine, 2008). In the story, Stickman’s life is safe until…
In my own life, there have been times that I have jumped off the Bridge of Character and needed help to get back on….
I think that much of life is the story of travelling from the Plain of Innocence to the World of Wisdom….

 

3. Julia Donaldson powerfully portrays the meaning of Christmas in her picture book Stick Man (Arthur A. Levine, 2008). In the story, Stickman is treated as a dead thing…
In my own life, there have been times I have felt dead and other times when I felt fully alive…. [Dead = when you feel used; Alive = when your accomplishments are recognized and you feel you belong somewhere]
I think that much of literature portrays that struggle between feeling dead and feeling fully alive….

 

4. Julia Donaldson has many allusions to other stories in her picture book Stick Man (Arthur A. Levine, 2008). …
I sometimes feel like I live in a story. …
I think that much of literature realistically portrays the struggles all of us face in life….

 

Before you hand in your work, proofread…
– name, date, div.
– indent
– double-spaced
– very neat printing or writing
–  powerful words
–  literary devices
– good grammar
– perfect spelling
– perfect punctuation
– deep thinking
– original ideas of your own
– a connection between all three paragraphs

 

“Julia Donaldson powerfully portrays the meaning of Christmas in her picture book Stick Man (Arthur A. Levine, 2008). In the story, the Stick Man is living in a tree house. Then a dog plays a trick on him and everyone starts treating him like a nonliving thing: a pen, a stick, a twig… Finally, Santa Claus comes and rescues him and helps him get back home. Similarly, in the original story of Christmas, Adam and Eve are living in the Garden of Eden. Then the snake tricks Eve into eating an apple that god has forbidden, and all the men and woman are punished, until Jesus comes and forgives them.
“In my own life, there have been times I have felt dead and other times when I felt fully alive. For example, I felt dead when I was injured and when I had to watch what my soccer team or basketball team were doing instead of playing with them. I felt lonely; nobody paid any attention to me. But when I came back and did something spectacular, I felt fully alive again, and full of absolute happiness.
“While Donaldson’s silly story, Stick Man, is for young children, I think it also requires deep thinking and can be appreciated by all readers.” (Eric in grade eight)

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