Thursday, September 1, 2016

Schools : Let's talk about Never Ending Story : resources




Google Doodle 37th anniversary The Never Ending Story
Doodler: Sophie Diao
Today, 1st September, fantasy children’s novel The Neverending Story by Michael Ende is being celebrated by Google with a lovely Doodle on the 37th anniversary of its publication.  
The book-within-a-book topped the bestseller lists in author Michael Ende’s native Germany when it was released on 1 September 1979 and has gone on to sell tens of millions of copies world-wide.
"Every once in a blue moon a book captures the imagination, providing a portal into magical places unknown. So it was with The Neverending Story..." 
Michael Ende


Google Doodle 37th anniversary The Never Ending Story

In the book, a character named Bastian gets slurped into a book containing a mystical realm called Fantastica, where he meets a dragon named Falkor, a hunter named Atreyu and a dying empress. Adventures and voyages of self-discovery ensue.



Google Doodle 37th anniversary The Never Ending Story

Doodle:

Google's adaptation features five vignettes from the story created by the illustrator Roswitha Quadflieg.

For the first time in a doodle, the images slide by with a parallax effect that imparts some depth by separating foreground and background elements.
Illustrator Roswitha Quadflieg captured the story’s mythical feel by emblazoning each chapter with a decorative initial inspired by medieval scripts. And today’s Doodle adds a 3D dimension, with an artwork-packed slideshow that uses parallax scrolling—a Doodle first!  


Google Doodle 37th anniversary The Never Ending Story
The enchanting story of the lonely boy Bastian Balthazar Bux who leaps into the pages of a book he finds in an antiques shop was lauded for its unique subversion of fairy tale norms and catapulted Ende into international renown.



The Never Ending Story, 1984

The book, originally published in Germany, topped bestseller lists and was adapted into a movie by Wolfgang Petersen in 1985.



Michael Ende
Author:

Michael Andreas Helmuth Ende was a German writer offantasy and children's fiction. Born on the 12 November 1929 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, was the only child of the surrealist artist Edgar Ende. He began writing by penning satirical sketches for cabarets and went on to write film and theatre reviews for Munich radio. 

On 28 August Michael Ende dies in the Filderklinik, a hospital near Stuttgart. All in all he received 41 awards for his artistic work.



The Never Ending Story
Michael Ende, 1975

Books:

Ende is best known for his epic fantasy The Neverending Story. Other famous works include Momo and Jim Button and Luke the Engine DriverJim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer)

His works have been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 35 million copies, and adapted as motion pictures, stage plays, operas and audio books.

An artist friend of Ende later asked him to write the text for a children's book he was illustrating, the result of which was Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver - his first best seller.
He told later told People magazine: "I had no idea how to write a children's book".



Google Doodle 37th anniversary The Never Ending Story
The story:

At the heart of this book-within-a-book is Bastian Balthazar Bux, a lonely boy who steals a copy of The Neverending Story from an antiques store and leaps into its pages. 

Bastian is tapped by a hunter named Atreyu to help save the enchanted but ill-omened world of Fantastica by doing something only a human can do: giving Fantastica’s ruler, the Childlike Empress, a new name. 

Their companion, Falkor, a luckdragon, remains ever-optimistic that they’ll prevail over wicked creatures and destructive forces to reach the Childlike Empress’s Ivory Tower. In time, Bastian’s journey becomes one of self discovery, in which the words “Do what thou wilt!” inscribed on Atreyu’s talisman, take on personal meaning.




Illustrations by Roswitha Quadflieg The Never Ending Story


On its publication in 1979, "the book The Never Ending Story was praised for its alternative composition, which features two ongoing and differently coloured narratives and chapters that begin with a succeeding letter of the alphabet from A to Z."
Illustrator Roswitha Quadflieg realised the story's mythic feel by adorning each chapter with a decorative initial, which had their origins in medieval scripts.


Education:

This Doodle is a wonderful artwork-packed slideshow that uses parallax scrolling
in 3D into the curriculum to enhance reading skills.

Illustrator Roswitha Quadflieg captured the story’s mythical feel by emblazoning each chapter with a decorative initial inspired by medieval scripts. And today’s Doodle adds a 3D dimension, with an artwork-packed slideshow that uses parallax scrolling.

Schools in the XXI century meet the needs of all kind of readers. Books, films, stage plays are awesome resources to integrating reading every day in the classroom as a fundamental element in education at all levels. 

Students will be better in maths or coding because they understand what they are reading to acomplish new skills on other curricula.

Never forget  the students from disadvantaged social backgrounds or having special needs.

However, the movie only covered the novel's first half and drew a furious reaction from Ende, who called it "that revolting movie... a gigantic melodrama of kitsch, commerce, plush and plastic"






Students became creative, reading books, watching movies in the classroom, singing or going to the theatre. Those activities will enrich your lessons.

However, the movie only covered the novel's first half and drew a furious reaction from Ende, who called it "that revolting movie...a gigantic melodrama of kitsch, commerce, plush and plastic"







The critical thing that is happening is students are living and breathing, within a much larger sphere of information and knowledge. That critical openness to knowledge, that is something we had better address, or we are ill-serving our students. 

Seeing students utilize the information literacy skills we have previously taught them in a new context and independently without it being a mandate is probably one of the most joyful experiences as an educator.  


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