If you're an author/illustrator, this might be easier for you because you already have in mind your illustration and can write with sparse text. But for those of us who aren't illustrators, this technique is more difficult.
A couple weeks ago I was teaching about chicks to my 1st graders, and we read Pat Hutchin's newer book, Where, Oh Where, Is Rosie's Chick?
I immediately had a "writerly" thought. This is a perfect mentor text for letting the pictures do the talking. Check out this story line:
"Hooray! Rosie the hen has laid an egg. And, at last her egg is hatching...
[illustration: Hen coming out of coop; chick has fallen over with eggshell on its head.]
"But oh, no! Where is little baby chick?"
[illustration: Hen and other chickens frantic with worry.]
"Rosie looked under the hen house."
Pat did the same thing back in 1969 with her first classic picture book, Rosie's Walk.
And in The Doorbell Rang, she employed this again!
Pat never told the reader how many cookies Mom had baked. The reader has to count the cookies and then understand that 12/2 = 6. This happens throughout the book as more children arrive.
Now in 2016, we're STILL learning about this important technique in picture book writing. If you participated in ReFoReMo, author Janee Trasler also spoke of this very thing. Check out her wonderful post and newer mentor texts. My favorite book from her list is Shh! We Have a Plan.
I've challenged myself to go through my WIPs and see if I've let the text and possible illustrations complement each other.
If you'd like to read more about Pat Hutchins, please check these links.
Tina, good choices to underscore how to tell the pictures also talk!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Kathy!Delete
What a helpful post. Food for thought.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Sherri!Delete
I love Shh! We Have A Plan. Great blog!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Pat. Yes, it's a cute book!Delete
Tina, As we struggle with where to cut and how to cut words thank you for these fun examples of letting pictures talk.ReplyDelete
You're welcome, Kim. Happy writing!Delete
Pat Hitchin's original book Rosie's Walk is one of my favorites. Thanks for posting this one too. Going back to these mentor texts to help when considering how to make room for the illustrator is something that is a helpful reminder no matter what the stage a writer is at.ReplyDelete
Yes, Rosie's Walk is a classic loved by all.Delete
Great books - but the trick is for the non-illustrator/author to communicate what has to happen in the illustration for this to fly.ReplyDelete
Love Pat Hutchin's books, but never made this writerly connection. Thanks for doing that for me, Tina!ReplyDelete
Great post! Thank you for sharing, Tina :)ReplyDelete
You're welcome, Charlotte!Delete
I've used Rosie's walk for years. I'm excited to learn about Rosie's Chick. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Yes, I was excited to see it, too!Delete
Great books! Thanks for sharing. I didn't know about Rosie's Chick. yay!ReplyDelete
Yes, it's such a cute book!Delete
A fabulous way to improve my manuscripts Tina. Appreciations!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Jan! Happy writing!Delete
Perfect examples for an economy of words, Tina. I wonder if the author would've used some illustration notes, if she weren't the illustrator?ReplyDelete
Exactly! I tried to find a web site for Pat Hutchins, but nothing personal. Only a publisher's page.Delete