Children Reading Pictures: Interpreting Visual Texts / Edition 1

Children Reading Pictures: Interpreting Visual Texts / Edition 1

by Evelyn Arizpe, Morag Styles
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415275776

ISBN-13: 9780415275774

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book describes the fascinating results of a two year study of children's responses to contemporary picturebooks. Children of primary school age, from a range of backgrounds, read and discussed books by the award-winning artists, Anthony Browne and Satoshi Kitamura. They then made their own drawings in response to the books.
The authors found that children

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This book describes the fascinating results of a two year study of children's responses to contemporary picturebooks. Children of primary school age, from a range of backgrounds, read and discussed books by the award-winning artists, Anthony Browne and Satoshi Kitamura. They then made their own drawings in response to the books.
The authors found that children are sophisticated readers of visual texts, and are able to make sense of complex images on literal, visual and metaphorical levels. They are able to understand different viewpoints, analyse moods, messages and emotions, and articulate personal responses to picturebooks - even when they struggle with the written word.
With colour illustrations, and interviews with the two authors whose books were included in the study, this book demonstrates how important visual literacy is to children's understanding and development. Primary and Early Years teachers, literacy co-ordinators and all those interested in children's literature will find this a captivating read.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415275774
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Preface: a personal preamble
Acknowledgements
Introduction: contexts and methodologies1
Pt. IDefinitions, processes and models17
1The nature of picturebooks: theories about visual texts and readers19
2Visual literacy - processes, frameworks and models: towards a developmental theory of response to visual texts39
Pt. IILooking and seeing - children responding to picturebooks53
3On a walk with Lily and Satoshi Kitamura: how children link words and pictures along the way55
4A gorilla with 'grandpa's eyes': how children interpret ironic visual texts - a case study of Anthony Browne's Zoo77
5'Letting the story out': visual encounters with Anthony Browne's The Tunnel97
6Thinking aloud: looking at children drawing in response to picturebooks117
Pt. IIIListening, talking, thinking and learning145
7Putting yourself in the picture: a question of talk147
8'The words to say it': young bilingual learners responding to visual texts164
9Picturebooks and metaliteracy: children talking about how they read pictures190
Pt. IVConclusions203
10The artist's voice : Browne and Kitamura talking pictures205
11Conclusions: seeing, thinking and knowing222
12Post-script: pedagogical interventions in the development of visual literacy243
Afterword250
Appendices251
Bibliography259
Index266

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