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Title: Ecoliteracy through imagery: a close reading of two wordless picture books
Author: Ramos, A. M.
Ramos, R.
Keywords: Children’s literature
Wordless picture books
Suzy Lee
Bernardo Carvalho
Issue Date: Dec-2011
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to propose some ways of reading two wordless picture storybooks which have recently been published, by Suzy Lee and Bernardo Carvalho respectively. The objective is to analyse the ways in which the visual discourse can create an effective narrative using a variety of pictorial strategies. These works were not idly chosen, however. Both are concerned with ecoliteracy, having narratives that tell a story about a specific relationship between humans and the sea. Depicting maritime scenarios, the two picture books promote a special and symbolic approach to the natural environment. The narratives help to configure the environment as more than merely an undifferentiated space inhabited by living beings, this being the most elementary concept of "environment"; rather, it is seen as an ecological arena involving the interaction between the landscape and the living beings it harbours. As such, the books assume the role of promoting not only habits of proto-literacy, but of ecoliteracy too.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1007/s10583-011-9142-3
ISSN: 0045-6713
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