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Title: TE 348 Reading and Responding to Childrens Literature

TE 348 Reading and Responding to Childrens
  • Session Four Learning to Talk About Picture Books

Art has the power not only to sooth a savage
breast, but to change a savage mind --
Barbara Kingsolver, High Tide in Tucson
First Role Responses
  • 1 Facilitator/Personal Response
  • 2 Textual Response
  • 3 Critical Response
  • 4 Intertextual Response
  • 5 Artistic Response

Literature Discussion Groups
  • Next time, we talk about Where the Wild Things
    Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Small groups will meet to discuss the book for
    30-45 minutes
  • REMINDER This is a class about how to read
    childrens literature. Do NOT focus on
  • How to teach childrens literature
  • Hypothesizing about how children might respond
    how do you respond as the reader you are today?

  • Folklore traditional stories
  • Contemporary Realistic Fiction - could occur at
    time when written
  • Biography - real person
  • Historical Fiction - set in past
  • Nonfiction - information
  • Poetry - essence
  • Science Fiction extensions of our reality
  • Fantasy - could not happen
  • Picture Books V. Illustrated Books (GC page 8,
    number of pages, relationship between
    illustrations and text)

Working with Caldecott Books
  • Each year, the American Library Association
    awards the Caldecott Medal to the artist of the
    most distinguished American picture book for
    children published in English in the United
    States during the preceding year.

In your groups
  • Todd will distribute sets of books
  • These books were all published in the same year
  • It is your job to figure out (by looking at the
    illustrations) which book was the winner and
    which books were the honor books

Styles of Art
  • Representational literal, realistic depictions
  • Surrealistic startling images and incongruities
    that often suggest an attitude of mockery about
  • Impressionistic emphasize light and color
    impression of reality
  • Folk broad designation for the artistic
    expression of a particular ethnic groups style
    of representation
  • Naïve appears untrained, disregard for
    traditional anatomy and perspective
  • Cartoon emphasis on line, 2-dimensional

Break 10 minutes
  • Take a look at books
  • Grab food/drink
  • Check cell phones
  • Use restroom
  • Stretch!

Evaluating Picture Books the Book You Brought
for Today!
  • Individually, evaluate the picture book you
    brought using checklist on page 49
  • How do the artwork and text work together to tell
    the story?
  • What kind of an artistic response could you do
    with the book you brought in today?
  • Respond as the reader you are, NOT how you think
    a child would respond!
  • Share with your group
  • Pick one person from your group to share with the

Evaluating Picture Books
  • Genre unique in that they are categorized by
    virtue of their format rather than their content
    (see also p 31)
  • Text - discussing setting, characters, plot,
    point of view, theme, style (pp. 44-48)
  • Art (p. 33-44) line (place on paper where
    different colors meet), shape (area or form with
    a definite outline), texture (visual contrasts of
    patterns suggesting movement and action,
    roughness or delicacy), design (elements
    manipulated to express their unique visions
    creation of meaning and feeling), media (material
    used), technique (method used)

Working with Picture Books
  • Using the book Todd gave your group, evaluate it
    in terms of
  • GENRE (what is it beyond a picture book?) (p. 6
  • TEXTUAL/LITERARY ELEMENTS (setting, plot, point
    of view, theme, style) (p. 7, 44-46)
  • ART (p. 33-39)
  • ART AND TEXT WORKING TOGETHER (use checklist on
    page 49)

Different Formats for Picture Books
  • Wordless books
  • Board Books
  • Big Books

Read Aloud Snow White in New York by Fionna
  • Checklist for Evaluating the Illustrations (p.

Assignment for Next Session
  • Read CG Chapter 5 (Folklore)
  • Bring in a Folklore text
  • After you have read the chapter
  • NOT a fractured fairytale
  • Role Response I Be prepared to discuss Where
    the Wild Things Are
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