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ERIC Number: EJ940113
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr-1
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0362-8930
Wordless Books: Picture Perfect
Lukehart, Wendy
School Library Journal, v57 n4 p50-54 Apr 2011
Wordless books offer a bounty of riches. The format is accessible to everyone regardless of language or reading ability, making the books ideal for use in international settings, classes with nonnative speakers, or families with adults or children who are struggling or emergent readers. They enrich the aesthetic lives and literacy skills of "mainstream" or "gifted" children as well, since they require visual decoding, original thinking, language production, an understanding of multiple viewpoints, and the interpretation of meaning. Since there is no single or correct story, the reader's task is to slow down and look carefully, applying everything they know about narrative to the process of "reading" the pictures. The narratives included here unfold entirely or predominantly in images. Spanning 80 years, they come from the picture-book and graphic-novel traditions. This article provides a list of wordless concept books which explore story lines that seem particularly well suited to image-laden telling: (1) chases; (2) dreams; (3) familiar tales; (4) journeys; (5) viewing; and (6) wondrous relationships. These friendship tales often result in encounters between a child and/or those for whom it feels natural to need to invent language: (1) animals; (2) snowmen; (3) aliens; and (4) robots. (Contains 3 online resources.)
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Language: English
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