Chapter 3 Introduction - Picturebooks
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  • Identify implications of this statement:Qualify the terms “good” and “respect”Language – what have we learned about writing for children’s booksArtwork – explore in more depthContent – If this is an initial exposure – adults need to be alert for accuracy of information, cultural bias or stereotyping
  • Books in which images and ideas join to form an aesthetic experience.Pictures help tell a story, show action and expression, change settings, and develop the plot.Explore: Find book examples…..How do the pictures tell the story?Wordless book example – Wake Up Mr. B….. sometimes surpassing the text by showing action and expression, settings, and developing the plot.Plot in picturebooks is fast-paced by necessity – fit an entire story into 32-64 pages; illustrations complement and extend the text to create a whole meaning
  • Line & Shape – Splendid Friend IndeedHorizontal suggests repose and peaceVertical gives stabilityDiagonal line suggests action and movementShape - Sharp edges and corners can portray tension and movementNongeometric curving forms similar to those in nature breath a sense of lifeValue – Polar ExpressThe amount of light and dark in a pictureSpace – Wild ThingsUsing color, value, and lines, an illustrator can create a feeling of realism and depth.Perspective and Point of View – Baseball HourCreates dramatic effects; pulls the reader into the storyComposition – Kitten’s First Full MoonAn effective balance on the pages allows readers to flow through the pages almost rhythmically.
  • A Splendid Friend, Indeed. A Splendid Friend Indeed, copyright © 2005 by SuzanneBloom. Published by Boyd’s Mills Press, Inc. Reprinted by permission.

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  • "Children's literature is the first literature and the first art that children are exposed to. It should be good. And when it is, it should be given respect."~William Joyce 1
  • 2 The Picturebook Genre • Only genre defined by format as opposed to content or style • Encompasses all genres • Illustrations partner with the text to tell a story and move it forward
  • 3 The Elements of Design • Line and Shape • Color • Value • Space • Perspective or Point of View • Composition
  • 4 Naturalistic shapes reflect the characters’ feelings… A Splendid Friend, Indeed. A Splendid Friend Indeed, copyright © 2005 by Suzanne Bloom. Published by Boyd’s Mills Press, Inc. Reprinted by permission. Suzanne Bloom’s A Splendid Friend Indeed Return to Menu
  • 5 Molly Bang’s When Sophie Gets Angry – Really Really Angry How do the intense colors relate to the story? Return to Menu
  • 6 Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express How does the difference in value (light and dark) impact your attention? Return to Menu
  • 7 Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are What does use of space communicate? Return to Menu
  • 8 What effect does the perspective and point of view have on the reader? Return to Menu
  • 9 Kevin Henkes Kitten’s First Full Moon Changes in composition throughout the book follow a predictable pattern. Return to Menu
  • What are some concepts that capture the experience of childhood? • Exploring/Curious/Learning • Roleplay/dramatic play/pretend • Communication/Socialization • Physical Skills • Emotional/self regulation • Safety/Trust
  • 11 Then the lake tilted and began to empty into a cave. The ants could hear the rushing water and felt themselves pulled toward the pitch black hole. Suddenly the cave disappeared and the lake became calm. The ants swam to the shore and found that the lake had steep sides.
  • Readability of Picturebooks Dr. Edward Fry Teaching Reading