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Words about pictures: the narrative art of children's picture books

Words about pictures: the narrative art of children's picture books

Nodelman, Perry

"A pioneering study of a unique narrative form, Words about Pictures examines the special qualities of picture books--books intended to educate or tell stories to young children. Drawing from a number of aesthetic and literary sources, Perry Nodelman explores the ways in which the interplay of the verbal and visual aspects of picture books conveys more narrative information and stimulation than either medium could achieve alone. Moving from "baby" books, alphabet books, and word books to such well-known children's picture books as Nancy Ekholm Burkert's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Gerald McDermott's Arrow to the Sun, Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, and Chris Van Allsburg's The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, Nodelman reveals how picture-book narrative is affected by the exclusively visual information of picture-book design and illustration as well as by the relationships between pictures and their complementary texts."--Pub. desc

eBook, Electronic resource, Book. English. Electronic books. Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Published Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1988
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Statement of responsibility: Perry Nodelman
ISBN: 0820310360, 0820346675, 9780820310367, 9780820346670
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-306) and index.
Note: Print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xii, 318 pages)
Subject: Erzähltechnik.; Book design.; Picture books for children.; Children Books and reading.; Illustrated children's books.; Narration (Rhetoric); Bilderbuch.; Narrative art.; Children's literature.; Children's literature History and criticism.; LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES Publishing.; Illustration of books.
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  1. Cover
  2. Contents
  3. Preface
  4. 1 Pictures, Picture Books, and the Implied Viewer
  5. 2 Format, Design, Predominating Visual Features: The Meaningful Implications of Overall Qualities of Books and Pictures
  6. 3 Style as Meaning
  7. 4 Code, Symbol, Gesture: The Contextual Meanings of Visual Objects
  8. 5 Visual Weight and Directed Tension: The Relationships of Visual Objects to Each Other
  9. 6 The Depiction of Action and the Passing of Time: How Pictures Imply Events and How Sequence Affects Meaning
  10. 7 The Relationships of Pictures and Words
  11. 8 Irony in Picture Books: Subjectivity and Objectivity, Time and Space.
  12. 9 The Rhythms of Picture-Book Narrative10 The Unguarded Face
  13. Works Consulted
  14. Children's Books Discussed
  15. Index
  16. A
  17. B
  18. C
  19. D
  20. E
  21. F
  22. G
  23. H
  24. I
  25. J
  26. K
  27. L
  28. M
  29. N
  30. O
  31. P
  32. Q
  33. R
  34. S
  35. T
  36. U
  37. V
  38. W
  39. Y
  40. Z.