More about the book

Stories, Pictures and Reality: Two Children Tell

by Virginia Lowe

This study looks at young children’s understanding of the reality status of stories and pictures (e.g. “Animals can’t talk!” “Is this a real story?”) from birth to eight. It is based on a reading journal in which all the books read to two children, and responses to them, were recorded.
  • Areas covered are:
  • Infant book behaviour
  • What is real, what pretend?
  • 2006-reading_with_mum.jpg - 16590 Bytes
  • Picture conventions
  • The illustrator’s role
  • The concept of author
  • Emotions of characters
  • Identification
  • Humour and irony
This study differs from the other published records of children and books:
  • One of the children is male
  • Starts with them as infants
  • The different environment and experiences of a second child
  • Ages birth to eight
  • Investigates the reality question
Don’t underestimate babies and children. Ply them with books, read the actual words, and thus keep their creativity and imagination alive. They’ll even learn what is “real” in the process, which can only be a good thing.

At a time when multi-modal representations of real and fantasy worlds penetrate far into children’s lives, this book presents a powerful argument for sharing conventional texts with children. All teachers of young children should read it to give them a sense of the long-term power of the reverberative text.” Henrietta Dombey in the blurb. 2006-reading_on_couch2.jpg - 20485 Bytes

Virginia's book Stories, Pictures and Reality: Two Children Tell will be published by Routledge (London) in November, 2006. You can order a copy from Virginia.