Blog for the international research project "Our Mythical Childhood… The Reception of Classical Antiquity in Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture in Response to Regional and Global Challenges", financed by the ERC Consolidator Grant led by Prof. Katarzyna Marciniak, Faculty of "Artes Liberales" of the University of Warsaw. Team members: Prof. Susan Deacy and Steve K. Simons, University of Roehampton; Prof. Elizabeth Hale and Dr Miriam Riverlea, University of New England; Prof. Lisa Maurice and Dr Ayelet Peer, Bar-Ilan University; Prof. Daniel A. Nkemleke, Dr Divine Che Neba and Dr Eleanor A. Dasi, University of Yaoundé I; Dr Elżbieta Olechowska, Dr Hanna Paulouskaya, Dr Sonya Nevin, Dott. Edoardo Pecchini, Marta Pszczolińska, Angelina Gerus and the Project Officers: Magdalena Andersen, Maria Makarewicz, and Olga Strycharczyk from the Faculty of "Artes Liberales" UW.
Meet Skippyjon Jones – a Siamese cat with large ears who loves adventures!
The book series about this crazy little pet is wrtitten by Judy Schachner, and it has about 20 volumes already.
In “Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble” (Puffin Books, 2008) Skippito’s mom (Junebug) found him reading about “The Curse of the Cat Mummy” in “National Leographic”. She told him that he shouldn’t read such scary stories. But the kitten didn’t want to listen to her lecture – he ran into his room, locked himself in a closet and moved to… Ancient Egypt.
Skippyjon Jones’ website: www.skippyjonjones.com
Judy Schachner’s official website: www.judithbyronschachner.com
Skippyjon Jones Mummy Trouble webisode: https://youtu.be/zyhj48IY6E0
ImSkippyjonJones canal on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ImSkippyjonJones
Found by Elizabeth Hale – the founder of the Antipodean Odyssey blog about the explorations in children’s culture and Classical Antiquity.
Recently, a new movie production appeared in Netflix Poland offer. It turns out that it is related to the world of mythology – are you curious how? 🙂
Before I Fall (2017)
Director: Ry Russo-Young
Age range: 13+
Genre: Drama, Romantic Drama
World premiere: January 21, 2017
The movie is based on Lauren Oliver’s novel with the same title (published in 2010). It shows the story of popular high-school student Sam, who has to re-live over and over the same day (February 12 – Cupid Day) in which she dies in a car accident. Living in a “time-loop” every day Sam wakes up, goes to school, spends time with her cocksure friends and… dies. When she finally realizes what’s going on she is trying to avoid the car crush by changing the events.
While watching the movie, it is worth to pay attention to the details. After a deeper analysis of the film you will be able to see that every day during the same lesson at school, Sam’s teacher tells the class about… themyth of Sisyphus.
Reminding the real meaning of the myth and its message about hubris, guilt, and punishment, you will be able to understand Sam’s fate… No more spoilers. 🙂
“Before I fall” – Official movie trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3Zyy4ZXegE
Recently we have found an innovative Polish publication, created by Aleksandra Pawlińska (author) and Wojciech Pawliński (illustrator). The book is entitled “A King, the Muses and Some Oranges: the hiddden delights of the Old Orangery” [“Król, muzy i pomarańcze, czyli co się kryje w Starej Oranżerii”] and it was published for the first time in 2015 by Dwie Siostry Publishing House.
“A King, the Muses and Some Oranges” is a creative guide designed for the youngest ones. It takes the readers on a tour to the Old Orangery (built in 1785-1788) – a magical place in the Royal Łazienki [Baths] Park in Warsaw, where we can find a lot of mythological motifs.
The book is full of interesting tasks and different activities that take the kids to the world of Ancient Greece and teach them some facts about the times of Stanisław August (the last King of Poland) and his marvellous residence.
Here are the examples:
“A King, the Muses and Some Oranges” is available in two language versions – Polish and English.
If you are planning to visit Warsaw in the near future, we recommend you to see the new exhibition in the Old Orangery (open until the 30th of November, 2017). It is entitled “Jan Bogumił Plersch. Works by the royal painter on exhibition in the Royal Łazienki”. You’ll find there two famous works of the artist: a plafond where Stanisław August is shown as Apollo and the design of a lost artefact – the curtain entitled “Muses on Mount Helicon”.
Finally we have something for the fans of the strategy games! 🙂
“Pre-Civilization: Marble Age” is an old-school designed game, developed by Clarus Victoria (Russia). It’s available for PCs, tablets, and smartphones (Google Play and AppStore).
The action of the game starts in 3000 B.C. and it lasts 4000 years. Every next round is a small step into the future. The player’s task is to expand a small Greek village into a new powerful civilization:
“It is your responsibility to manage aspects of your civilizations such as material production, cultural growth, trading and military forces.”
“Mia and Me” is a TV animation series for kids, created by Gerhard Hahn. The series had its world premiere in 2011 (“Mia and Me” was produced by Lucky Punch, Telescreen, Hahn Film, Rainbow S.p.A., and March Entertainment).
The animation tells the story of a girl (Mia) who – thanks to some magical items – can travel to the fantasy world of Centopia.
The design of the enchanted land and its inhabitants is inspired by the works of the famous painter – Gustav Klimt (1862-1918).
In Centopia we can find many interesting characters (also those related to Greek mythology), for example: elves, unicorns, fauns (the famous one is called Phuddle), hippocampi, a gorgon (Polytheus), the evil queen Panthea (the name Panthea can mean: All the Gods).
Perhaps you know other examples of the reception of Antiquity in this animation? We are sure there are many more to be found in Centopia! 🙂
“Pandora” (Clarion Books, April 2017), a picturebook by the British author and illustrator Vitoria Turnbull, does not seem to have many connections to Antiquity, apart from the title.
The cover of the book
After all, it is a story about the lonely fox that finds a friend in a blue bird.
Pandora and a blue bird
However, if we get a closer look, we discover that it is actually a metaphor for many issues concerning womanhood, including depression and hope that constitute the core of Pandora’s myth. Sometimes it is good to dig a bit deeper… 🙂
“Moonlighters” (Space Goat Productions) is a new comic written by Katie Schenkel, illustrated by Cal Moray. It talks about a girl who becomes a werewolf (Renee) and joins the Moonlighters team. In the third episode of the comic (digital release date: July 26, 2017) the team receives an order from Ms. Scaleson – it turns out that her dog Cerb is Cerberus and her daughter is Medusa!