by Robert Louis Stevenson
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
The Role Reverser: Growing Up Too Soon
- Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D.
In this article, Dr. Gregory L. Jantz tells the story of a boy named Adam and the pressures he had to confront following the divorce of his parents. In short, he was forced to grow up too soon.Pair "The Land of Storybooks" with "The Role Reverser" and ask students to compare the way that Robert Louis Stevenson describes childhood with Dr. Jantz's points.
On Turning Ten
- Billy Collins
Billy Collins (b. 1941) is an award-winning American poet who writes about everyday occurrences to express the deeper meaning of life. In this poem, the speaker reflects on his youth with longing.Pair "On Turning Ten" with "The Land of Story Books" and ask students to compare how the poet develops the theme of growing up in each work.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. In this poem, the narrator speaks of his wish to travel the world, one day, when he is “a man.”Pair “The Land of Story-Books” with “Travel” and ask the students to compare these pieces by the same author. Do they share similar themes or structures? What part does the imagination and youth/age place in each text?
- Emma Bartley
In Emma Bartley’s “First Pet,” the speaker describes a pet hermit crab.Pair “The Land of Story-Books” with “First Pet” and ask students to discuss the way youth can shape a person's experiences. How are the experiences of the speakers of the two texts impacted by their young age?
- Emma Bartley
In Emma Bartley’s poem “Holly Trees,” a speaker describes playing house under holly trees.Pair “The Land of Story-Books” with “Holly Trees” and ask students to discuss how both speakers engage in imaginative play. What do the speakers imagine in the two poems? How do the two speakers build upon their surroundings with their imagination?
- Caroline Pignat
In Caroline Pignat’s “Poppy’s Jalopy,” a speaker describes the adventures in their grandfather’s car with their Poppy.Pair “The Land of Story-Books” with “Poppy’s Jalopy” and ask students to discuss how both poems explore the power of imagination. Where does the speaker’s imagination in “The Land of Story-Books” take them in comparison to the speaker in “Poppy’s Jalopy”? Are the speaker’s similar? Why or why not?