Different Illustrations Of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a story that has been loved and read by different age groups. Lewis Carroll wrote the book in such a way that the reader, young or old, could be trapped into Alice’s world of adventure. The illustrations by John Tenniel help portray the story beautifully. Tenniel put pictures to Carroll’s thoughts exactly. When a student reads Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for the first time, it is always great if he or she could be introduced to his illustrations. However, it is a good idea for teachers to bring in different portals of Alice to help show how other people may view this little girl’s world. In addition, it will show that even though Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been written many years ago, people are still relating to Alice’s character. Overall, it is amazing to see how many different illustrators have portrayed Alice in a totally new and modern way, such Greg Hildebrandt. I decided to use Greg Hildebrandt’s illustrations to assist me in teaching about Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland because he portrays Alice as a much older looking girl. I believe this will help students understand how Alice’s character seemed older than seven years of age. He also depicts some of the characters as more humanlike than cartoon. I believe this will help students picture themselves into Alice’s world. In addition, Hildebrandt helps portray the bizarre story line that many people have come to love.
In the story, Alice is a seven-year-old girl. John Tenniel illustrates Alice to fit her age group exactly. He draws her as a tiny little girl with big innocent eyes. However, one point that could be discussed with children is how some portrays of Alice seem to look older than seven years of age, for instance in Hildebrandt’s illustrations. His illustrations could help discuss how Alice may be viewed as an older girl because of the way she presents herself. For instance, throughout the book, Alice does not seem to think as a normal seven-year-old. She seems much more intelligent. For example, she says “Dear, dear! How queer everything is to-day! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I’ve been charged in the night?” This does not seem to be the language of a little girl. However, Hildebrandt’s representation of Alice seems to fit this language. In his illustrations, Alice seems to be a girl of about 10 or 11 years of age. I believe that many illustrators portray Alice as a much older girl than seven years of age. This may be because she has manners of an older child. However, by using an older looking Alice, I could teacher or incorporate the idea that Alice’s knowledge was well beyond her years of age.
In addition, Greg Hildebrandt draws an image to accompany the poem “You are old, Father William” that portrays the young man different from Tenniel. Tenniel depicts the young man in the poem to be a little older, however, Hildebrandt’s...

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