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  • - [David] Hello, readers.

  • Let's talk about illustrations.

  • When you're reading a story

  • and it has pictures in it, don't skip them.

  • You could be missing out on a wealth of information

  • and added detail.

  • Good readers use pictures

  • to help them understand stories even better.

  • And let's talk about why that is.

  • Pictures can help describe the mood of a story

  • or how a story makes you feel.

  • If I'm telling a story about a girl and her dad

  • going for a walk in the woods,

  • but then when you see an image of those woods

  • and the trees are all spindly and black

  • and the sky is a leaden gray,

  • what does that tell you about the mood of the story?

  • It's grim, it's creepy,

  • it's a scary walk in some scary woods.

  • The way the story feels can be expressed

  • through the illustrations.

  • Pictures can help describe the events of a story.

  • Maybe the story's a little unspecific, say, for instance,

  • we're talking about Little Red Riding Hood,

  • and it says, "The big bad wolf swallows Granny up

  • "and disguises himself as her."

  • But it doesn't go into further detail.

  • Well, what does that mean?

  • What does his disguise look like?

  • And we can look at an illustration like this and say:

  • Okay, that big bulge in the wolf's stomach

  • is where Granny is,

  • and the wolf's got on Granny's bonnet

  • and little glasses and all.

  • So that's his disguise.

  • It is not very convincing to me,

  • but what do I know?

  • And pictures can help fill in important details.

  • I can look at a character's expression as I'm reading

  • to help me answer questions I might have

  • about how that character feels.

  • What's going on there with the face of the wolf?

  • Is that a smile, is that a grimace?

  • The text can give me a clue,

  • but then the picture can tell me the rest of the story.

  • We can use our knowledge

  • of how real life people are or behave

  • to help understand pictures in a story.

  • The wolf, for example, the face he's making

  • with his eyes narrowed and his brows knit like that

  • and that smile creeping across his features,

  • to me, that's a scheming face.

  • That's the face someone makes

  • when they're talking to themselves

  • and planning something nasty.

  • He's also putting on Granny's bonnet and glasses.

  • We know these aren't things wolves are known to wear.

  • And he seems very pleased with himself.

  • So he's eaten Granny, he's putting on her clothes.

  • He seems really happy about it, but in an evil way,

  • and we can use that to inform the way we read the story.

  • This wolf isn't satisfied with eating an old woman.

  • He wants to eat her grandkid for dessert.

  • So greedy, what a greedy, mean little beast!

  • The point is that pictures in stories are really useful.

  • Read them the same way you read words.

  • Understanding images will make you a stronger reader,

  • and if you can learn that,

  • why then, you can learn anything, David out.

- [David] Hello, readers.

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