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Front cover of "Is This Seat Taken?"

Front cover of “Is This Seat Taken?”

Page 4 & 5 Various birds sitting on the branches of a tree.

Page 4 & 5
Various birds sitting on the branches of a tree.

Page 8 & 9 Transition page; the tree branch transitions into a telephone wire.

Page 8 & 9
Transition page; the tree branch transitions into a telephone wire.

Page 12 & 13 Different birds resting on a telephone wire.

Page 12 & 13
Different birds resting on a telephone wire.

Back cover of "Is This Seat Taken?"

Back cover of “Is This Seat Taken?”

My book is titled, “Is This Seat Taken?”

The books measurements are 4 inches by 6 inches tall. The 16 pages of the book are hand sewn together using thread. The covers are attached with glue along the spine.

This book does not contain any text, and is strictly image based. The book is about birds ecosystems. To survive, birds depend on trees to provide shelter and security. Humans have been cutting down trees for many different purposes. Trees provide us with paper that we blindly use without thinking of where it came from and the consequences it has for other animals. With the threat of deforestation, where are the birds going to build their nests to live? My book begins with birds sitting in trees, that later transitions into wires stretching to telephone poles and electric poles.

Each page I hand panted with black acrylic paint.  Every image is a black silhouette created from memory with help from some online sources. The pages themselves are cut from a weekly newspaper. I simply drew a 4″ by 6″ rectangle on the front cover of the newspaper. I then folded the newspaper shut and cut through from cover to cover. I selected the pages I felt represented a newspaper best to use for this book.


Book Cover

Part 1

Title: Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul.

Authors: Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Hansen, Irene Dunlap.

Publisher: Health Communications Inc.

Year: 1998.

Size: 5.5″ wide x 8.5″ tall x 1″ thick.

Cover: soft covers, paper, glossy exterior mat interior. Covers are the same size pages.

Spine: glued.

Paper: about 20 lbs paper, smooth, slightly transparent, not quite 100% white.

Inside Cover Page









Part 2

Typography, Layout and Ordering:

Pre-book: as soon as you open the book, that very first page is “What people are saying about Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul…,” which continues to the second page. The third page is the interior cover page followed by the Copyright Acknowledgements. The first numbered page is “v” and contains a poem titled “Book.” The following spread is a blank page and a dedication to “the kids of the world who need theres stories.” Contents page begins on ix. Each section is numbered and titled in a bold sans-serif typeface. Below is the story title set in serif followed by two spaces and the author’s name italicized. Dots, or periods tightly spaced lead your eye across  to the page number that is left aligned on this page. The Contents is followed by other pages titled Foreword, Acknowledgments, Introduction, and Share with us. Finally, after page xxv, page 1 begins with the section page.

Section divider page: is always on the right hand side of the book. A 3 point solid black border half an inch away from each edge lines the page. The section number and title are set in a serif font and aligned left, with the quote and author in italic.

Stories: story title begins one-third down the page, titles are a bold sans-serif aligned to centre, followed by italicized quote, author of quote in small serif font aligned right. The body text is a serif typeface that is aligned left. While every story ends with the author’s name italic on the right side of the page.

Other: folio is located in the top exterior corner of each page, excluding section divider page. The section title is centred and located in the header of each page. Both the folio and titles are a light sans-serif. Throughout the book there are some images. All are illustrated with a similar look and feel. They take up most of the page and typically rest above a quote or caption.

Post-book: Although the story’s end on page 366, the book does not end there. It continues with the Afterword, More Chicken Soup?, Supporting Kids, Who is… followed by the authors name, Contributors, and Permissions which leave us at page 398. Think the book is finally done? Nope! To conclude the book, the last 8 pages are dedicated to advertising and promoting other “Chicken Soup for the (various) Soul.” Lastly, we end on the blank inside back cover.

Part 3

The goal of the book is listed directly on the front cover. It reads “101 stories of courage, Hope and Laughter.” Rather then it being one long story like most books, this one consists of many short stories. The title “Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul” is a great metaphor. For most people, chicken soup was and still is that go to meal when your sick and not feeling well. The idea behind this book is the same for their target audience. When kids are feeling down, or lacking hope, this book is there to be their pick me up. Through stories, it aids children get through some difficult times. The different topics they stories are based around include love, friendship, family, attitude and perspectives, death, dreams, obstacles, choices, though times, and wisdom.  Although the content is for kids, the format  suggests otherwise. There are very few images, no colour aside from the cover, and the reading level mature for most kids. It appears that this book is intended for adults to read to kids. The tone ranges depending on the story. Some stories are cheerful while others are somber.



Logos: all the stories are broken up into categories that are logical and consist. The thing I find that is not logical, is the amount of pages before and after the content of the book.

Ethos: cover says “#1 New York Times Best selling Authors.” The first two pages are strictly reviews of the book from various people including Sinbad actor / comedian, and Ann Pleshette Murphy editor-in-chief for Parents Magazine.

Pathos: the stories are very emotional and draw you in.

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