Brain Pickings, one of my favorite places to find interesting things to read and think about, introduces a children’s book called “Friend or Foe?”
It’s an allegory with a not-so-hidden message about “otherness” — how we see people who are different, as enemies or friends. This Brain Pickings post is also a great example of how you can introduce a book to your classmates: with lots of pictures and selective quotes. Like this:
Whether or not you add a SPOILER ALERT (in this case, what the answer to the “Friend or Foe?” question is, which is NOT revealed in this post), is up to you.
Writing prompt: After reading the description of the story, what do you think the answer to the question is?
Chie Hitotsuyama is a “contemporary art trailblazer” who uses recycled newspapers to create sculptures of wild animals: monkeys, rabbits, walruses, sea turtles, iguanas, and more.
“Their exuberant expressions convey the strength needed for survival in unforgiving nature.”
Read more about the artist and her work at the Kokusai Pulp & Paper Company.
Two things today: something to make you laugh and something to make you cry.
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards finalists for 2016. Here are a few:
And here’s last year’s winner:
And a short film made as a side project by Pixar animators. Warning: it’s pretty dark. (Here’s a review from the LA Times)
I’m all for knowing where our food comes from. Not a big fan of sea urchin (うに) until now, but this is impressive!
Does this make you more or less likely to order sea urchin the next time you go out for sushi?
Find more, similar videos on the “Deep Look” site and their YouTube channel.