Saturday, January 1, 2011

Mental Images

Our library has many (16) retellings of Clement Moore's famous story of The Night Before Christmas. Different illustrators put their spin on the story. It is amazing how the illustrator can create a mood. The first graders listened with eyes closed to the familiar poem and then examined the illustrations. They chose the version that most closely matched their mental images of the story. Their conversation was fun to hear. I heard phrases like these:
"I think the reindeer look just like this. Do you?"
"My grandfather read this very same book to me on Skype."
"I was right...sugarplums look like candy."
You can see that Mary Engelbreit and Christian Birmingham most often matched visions with the first graders.

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