Illustrating Kipling's "If" for a toddler
May 16, 2014 12:07 PM Subscribe
I would like to create something for my three year old daughter: I want to calligraph and illustrate Kipling's "If" for her, either as a booklet or a single page. Now I am looking for ideas on what things to draw, surrounding the poem.
posted by Omnomnom to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My three year old daughter's chief characteristic, that many people have commented on, is that she coolly does her thing, no matter how much screeching or carrying on people do around her. I like that about her and it reminded me of Kipling's "If".
Anyway, I'd like to do this for her as a keepsake that maybe she'll smile about in the years to come, but also something that we can talk about right now. She loves poring over books and illustrations with me.
I really like the idea of drawing people who have actually lost their heads and are looking silly without them. I think she would get a kick out of that.
But for the rest of the poem I am still looking for image ideas that illustrate the text, that a three year old could already talk about.
"Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools: "
lends itself to an image of a building block tower being built up or destroyed.
And I guess "walking with Kings" lends itself to nice images.
Do you have more ideas for me? Thanks!