A gorilla with 'Grandpa’s eyes': how children interpret visual texts – a case study of Anthony Browne’s Zoo

Styles, M. and Arizpe, E. (2001) A gorilla with 'Grandpa’s eyes': how children interpret visual texts – a case study of Anthony Browne’s Zoo. Children’s Literature in Education, 32(4), pp. 261-281. (doi: 10.1023/A:1012760422501)

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Abstract

This article explores the multilayered nature of a single picture book by Anthony Browne and the sophisticated responses (including their own pictures) children aged 4–11 bring to interpreting such a text. Emphasis is laid on the high-level cognitive skills involved in reading visual images and links are made between seeing and thinking. Some features of the children's understanding are examined in detail; for example, how they interpret visual imagery and deal with a variety of challenging artistic features, and how their drawings show knowledge and feelings they are not yet able to articulate. The findings also suggest that some children who are not yet confident at reading print have developed impressive capacities for analysing image.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Styles, Ms Morag and Arizpe, Professor Evelyn
Authors: Styles, M., and Arizpe, E.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Creativity Culture and Faith
Journal Name:Children’s Literature in Education
Publisher:Springer Netherlands
ISSN:0045-6713
ISSN (Online):1573-1693

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