|Student's Words: Can I eat breakfast? No. No.|
Student's Explanation: He is thinking if he tries from the sides of the table, he can get breakfast.
My Thinking: I love this choice of directionality in illustrations. In the title page the pigeon is facing forward looking in and from below the picture. This student decided to have the pigeon try to take the breakfast from a different angle. This is something I wouldn't have noticed had I not been in tune from just reading In Pictures and in Words.
|Reluctant writers find the pigeon series books a great support. Sometimes, "No means NO!"|
|Student's Words: I want some breakfast.|
Student's Explanation: He is sad. He is outside the house now. He is looking in the windows and really wanted that breakfast.
My Thinking: How cool is that? She put her illustration on the back of the page instead of getting a new page. It's like the pigeon is really on the outside of the book looking in! She used the concept of making the pigeon larger to bring him to the front of the page with the house in the background. She is making a great attempt to have windows to show that he was looking inside the house and turns around to make one more attempt with the reader to give him "some breakfast." No, the table is not in the window but rather below it. To her that is how you draw that concept. With time, she will understand those artistic techniques. But WOW!!! My reluctant writer wrote a fantastic story supported with illustrations that are detailed for an emergent writer. And guess what, her stamina for writing and to write more continued throughout the year.
My Ah Ha Moments: Teachers need to continually evaluate their teaching practices. We need to search for professional books that support and challenge our current thinking about what writing is. We need to go with that natural "gut" instinct on what is developmentally appropriate for young children. Reading is FUN! Making books is FUN! In Pictures and in Words does just that. Now imagine this student's story if I had taken away her choice to use markers, color, and illustrations.
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney. Click (Here) to see the book on Amazon and for a look inside the book. You could teach so many "ideas" for illustrating on every page. We look at the book as a whole, but also as individual pages. My students say, "Awww! Oooohhhh! He is a great illustrator." I agree!
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