Children Reading Pictures: Interpreting Visual Texts / Edition 1

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Overview

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
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • 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 methodologies 1
Pt. I Definitions, processes and models 17
1 The nature of picturebooks: theories about visual texts and readers 19
2 Visual literacy - processes, frameworks and models: towards a developmental theory of response to visual texts 39
Pt. II Looking and seeing - children responding to picturebooks 53
3 On a walk with Lily and Satoshi Kitamura: how children link words and pictures along the way 55
4 A gorilla with 'grandpa's eyes': how children interpret ironic visual texts - a case study of Anthony Browne's Zoo 77
5 'Letting the story out': visual encounters with Anthony Browne's The Tunnel 97
6 Thinking aloud: looking at children drawing in response to picturebooks 117
Pt. III Listening, talking, thinking and learning 145
7 Putting yourself in the picture: a question of talk 147
8 'The words to say it': young bilingual learners responding to visual texts 164
9 Picturebooks and metaliteracy: children talking about how they read pictures 190
Pt. IV Conclusions 203
10 The artist's voice : Browne and Kitamura talking pictures 205
11 Conclusions: seeing, thinking and knowing 222
12 Post-script: pedagogical interventions in the development of visual literacy 243
Afterword 250
Appendices 251
Bibliography 259
Index 266
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