Holy Guacamole! I am so, SO far behind!
In Pictures and in Words Chapter 9: This chapter is about the wholeness of text and making the text all come together. One of the things I loved about Seinfeld (the sitcom) was how a seemingly meaningless detail at the beginning of the episode, would resurface later in the episode to bring it all together. Brilliant!
There are also details in a text that may not seem to have a deep meaning and yet it can bring cohesiveness to whole piece.
Barbara Lehman’s wordless book, The Secret Box is a perfect example of wholeness of text.
This is a story about a boy who places a secret box in the floor boards of this old house/school during the mid-1800’s… perhaps the civil war time. The change in the landscape lets you know that time has passed. The consistent details of the house, lets the reader know that this is the same house over time. In the following pictures you see and example of Technique 23: Keeping Static Details Consistent.
This circular image is from earlier in the book. The boy is hiding the secret box. You see his hat on the floor.
Once the secret box is discovered, children follow a map to find children (including the boy who originally hid the secret box). His hat and clothes help you to know it is him.
This next book is THE sweetest book! S-W-E-E-T!
Amos McGee works at the zoo and is a great friend to the animals there.
|Amos having breakfast before work.|
|Getting on bus 5 to go to work.|
|Walking into the City Zoo’s gate.|
|The animals leaving the gate to go see Amos.|
|On bus number 5… Love this picture.|
|And sitting with Amos in his kitchen.|
I will probably talk more about this book next week when we talk about tone.
Thank you Cheryl for hosting this week’s chapter. I WILL be updating the book list this week. I promise!