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Plot Summary


     Tuesday by David Wiesner is about the impossible. The beginning of the book starts in a swamp around eight on a Tuesday night. A turtle and some fish seem to be surprised and scared to see frogs flying on lily pads. Hundreds of flying frogs fly into a town. Some frogs have fun chasing after birds on telephone wires. At 11:21pm, the frogs fly by a man eating a sandwich in his house, he seems very confused to see flying frogs. (Wiesner 12) The flying frogs then fly into sheets that are on clothes lines. They continue flying and some fly into houses. Then strangely, some frogs watch TV and one uses its tongue to change the channel. As the sun rises over the horizon and hits the frogs, the flying lilies cease to fly and the frogs fall back to the earth. The frogs then find their way back to the ponds from which they came. The people in the neighborhood, which the frogs flew through, are very puzzled. An investigation is started to try to figure out why there are lily pads all over the roads. The book ends with the next Tuesday at 7:58pm, when pigs begin to fly into the air. (Wiesner 30). 

     It is sometimes hard to distinguish between science fiction and fantasy, but Tuesday is not science fiction because on page 9, the TV that is illustrated looks like a TV in today's world. This TV is not any great advancement in science. A story which is classified as science fiction is when the plot could not happen now, but with scientific advancement it could be possible. Thus, I would classify Tuesday to be in the fantasy category. Fantasy stories contain events that could not occur in real life. (Ide, slide 5) Flying fish on lily pads do not and could not exist in real life nor do flying pigs exist either. Because of these events, Tuesday is a fantasy book.



Textual Elements

Strategically and accurately draws on some or all of the following literary elements (this is not an exhaustive list – feel free to expand this). Please reference and/or include evidence from the book to support ideas expressed.

  1. Plot
  2. Setting
  3. Characters
  4. Point of view
  5. Theme
  6. Text/Font choices
    1.      Cites references in proper MLA parenthetical style


Artistic Elements 

If a Picture Book you also need to include this section, otherwise simply delete it. Strategically and accurately describes some or all of the following artistic elements (this is not an exhaustive list – feel free to expand this). Select and link and/or upload 1-2 illustrations to support analysis: 

  1. Media and Technique
  2. Style of Art
  3. Composition
  4. Placement on page of Illustrations
  5. Line, shape, texture, color, and design
  6. Use of Negative Space
  7. Placement on page of Text
  8. Text design
    1.      Cites references in proper MLA parenthetical style. 


Analysis and Critique

Numbered Points are elements that should be included in a complete book entry. 

  1. Literary  and  artistic effectiveness
  2. Author’s perspective, voice, and style
  3. Social relevancy
  4. Overt and/or hidden messages
  5. Interpretation is primarily one’s own.
    1.      Cites any resources used in analysis in proper MLA parenthetically and lists them correctly in REFERENCES section. 




Wiesner, David. Tuesday. Illus. David Wiesner. New York: Clarion Books, 1991

Ide, Todd. TE 348 - Session 2, PowerPoint: Criteria for Excellence in Children's Literature






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