ERIC Number: ED312607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
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Children's Response to Books about the American Southwest.
Stewig, John Warren
The assumption that readers understand best and respond most positively to writing and illustrations which reflect their own first-hand experience was tested. To elicit response from children, four books by Byrd Baylor were used in three classes of fifth graders, in urban, suburban, and rural schools. After the books were read and the pictures shown, the students filled out a form asking them to rank order the books and indicate whether they would choose to read the book again on their own. The students were asked to write a preference statement when all the books had been reviewed and discussed. The fact that the books represented both a geographic area and lifestyles unlike their own did not seem to interfere with the students' participation. In each location the children chose a different book as most highly ranked. In the urban and rural groups, the book "Desert Voices" received more yes than no responses to questioning about desire to read the book again. In looking at a quantification of the comments made about the favorite books they chose, in both the rural and urban school comments were evenly split between text and illustration comments. In the suburban group, comments were much more heavily text rather than picture oriented. The study suggests that teachers can choose to use picture books with older students and need not limit the books only to those depicting the children's own lives. (A review of each book used is attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the International Visual Literacy Association Conference (Phoenix, AZ, October 26-28, 1989).