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  • Words about Pictures: The Narrative Art of Children's Picture Books
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  • Perry Nodelman
  • 1989
  • Published by: University of Georgia Press
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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.

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  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. 1. Pictures, Picture Books, and the Implied Viewer
  2. pp. 1-39
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  1. 2. Format, Design, Predominating Visual Features: The Meaningful Implications of Overall Qualities of Books and Pictures
  2. pp. 40-76
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  1. 3. Style as Meaning
  2. pp. 77-100
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  1. 4. Code, Symbol, Gesture: The Contextual Meanings of Visual Objects
  2. pp. 101-124
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  1. 5. Visual Weight and Directed Tension: The Relationships of Visual Objects to Each Other
  2. pp. 125-157
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  1. 6. The Depiction of Action and the Passing of Time: How Pictures Imply Events and How Sequence Affects Meaning
  2. pp. 158-192
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  1. 7. The Relationships of Pictures and Words
  2. pp. 193-221
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  1. 8. Irony in Picture Books: Subjectivity and Objectivity, Time and Space
  2. pp. 222-241
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  1. 9. The Rhythms of Picture-Book Narrative
  2. pp. 242-276
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  1. 10. The Unguarded Face
  2. pp. 277-286
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  1. Works Consulted
  2. pp. 287-301
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  1. Children's Books Discussed
  2. pp. 302-306
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 307-318
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