Now and Venn

January 2nd, 2010 by

Even though I certainly have a particular taste for historical fiction, it’s impossible not to read other genres of books. How can you ignore the great selection out in the world?

But what I’ve come to notice is that even when two books seem wildly different from each other, there’s usually something surprising in common. Have you ever noticed any similarities between books that, well, would never be on the library shelf next to each other?

They both have a scary female villain with a secret agenda.

...a secret agenda, and wolf-like henchmen (or henchman-like wolves) at her beck and call.

Horse Crazy and The Two Towers both have horses.

Naturally, Aragorn would become club secretary.

Island of the Blue Dolphins and Anne of Green Gables both take place on an island.

Anne was pretty feisty, but wasn't capture-an-octopus-with-bare-hands-feisty.

Okay, I’m sure these books actually have a lot more in common, but if I listed all those things out, I wouldn’t get to make these super fun Venn diagrams!

Submit your book Venn diagram in the comments, and I’ll draw it for you (I know, drawing two circles that overlap is soooooo difficult.)

— Nancy

4 Responses

  • Mary Lee writes:
    January 3rd, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I LOVE your Venn diagrams! Were you inspired by the blog Indexed? Good for you whether you were or not! I think I’ll try these with my 4th graders!!

    • Nancy writes:
      January 3rd, 2010 at 11:51 am

      Hi Mary,

      Yup! I was inspired by Indexed, and this drawing. 🙂 I’m glad enjoyed it, I’m hoping to make this a series for Kidsmomo readers… share this with your 4th graders!

      — Nancy

  • Kim writes:
    January 13th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I love these! What a great idea.

  • Kristi(e) writes:
    January 14th, 2010 at 1:57 am

    Loving these diagrams!! Also, thanks for the link to your inspiration. 🙂

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