Inside Picture Books

Inside Picture Books

by Ellen Handler Spitz
     
 

Mention a name from a beloved childhood picture book - Madeline, Corduroy, Peter Rabbit, Max and his "wild things" - and most adults can recollect a bright image, fragments of a story, the timbre of a certain reading voice, the sensation of being held, and best of all being together with someone and enveloped in fantasy. Why do picture book images shown to us as young… See more details below

Overview

Mention a name from a beloved childhood picture book - Madeline, Corduroy, Peter Rabbit, Max and his "wild things" - and most adults can recollect a bright image, fragments of a story, the timbre of a certain reading voice, the sensation of being held, and best of all being together with someone and enveloped in fantasy. Why do picture book images shown to us as young children linger in our minds? How do picture books shape our lives early on and even later into adulthood? This book takes up such questions. It explores the profound impact of the experience of reading to children. Ellen Handler Spitz reveals how classic picture books transmit psychological wisdom, convey moral lessons, shape tastes, and implant subtle prejudices.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300084764
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
4.95(w) x 7.73(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface: A Greeting to My Reader
Acknowledgments
1Pictures, Words, and Voices1
2It's Time for Bed23
3Please Don't Cry76
4Behave Yourself122
5I Like You Just the Way You Are163
A Glance Forward and Back207
Picture Books Cited217
Secondary Sources221
Index227

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