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ERIC Number: EJ1092029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0045-6713
Child Readers and the Worlds of the Picture Book
Baird, Adela; Laugharne, Janet; Maagerø, Eva; Tønnessen, Elise Seip
Children's Literature in Education, v47 n1 p1-17 Mar 2016
Children as readers of picture books and the ways they respond to, and make meaning from, such texts are the focus of this article, which reports on a small-scale study undertaken in Norway and Wales, UK. The theoretical framing of the research draws on concepts of the multimodal ensemble in picture books and of the reading event as part of a social practice. The research design was developed from the team's analysis of two texts, "Pappa" by Svein Nyhus (1998) and "What does Daddy Do?" by Rachel Bright (2009). Twenty-four children, who were 7 and 8 years old, took part in the study. This was built around two reading events for each book, staged as an immediate response and as a guided response. The data subsequently collected were analysed according to three overarching organisational principles, as "book world," "real world" and "play world." For both "Daddy" and "Pappa," the first reading event showed the children's responses were mainly directed towards exploring the "book world." On the second reading event, references to the "real world" predominated for "Daddy," while for "Pappa" the "book world" was again dominant. Across both reading events and for both books, the "play world" revealed those occasions when the children expanded the meaning of the story, demonstrating an inventive ability to play with the text. Overall, the children's responses moved fluidly across the three worlds, showing them to be energetically making connections between the reading, their experience of books and their own lives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway; United Kingdom (Wales)
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