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Jan 26

The Whole (Picture) Book

Posted on January 26, 2016 at 3:25 PM by Christina Stuck

I am thoroughly enjoying Megan Dowd Lambert's Reading Picture Books with Children. After finishing chapters 1-5, I decided to try out her "Whole Book Approach" for my story times. I felt enlightened myself on what I had been missing and thought it would be wonderful to try out only two simple "pointers."

Jackets & covers
The first thing many people notice about a book is the jacket. Mostly, it is the cover. I typically ignore the back cover as they are normally (cluttered) with quotes. But, with Lambert's admonishing, I took the time to check out the back cover of Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad by Liz Climo. I was surprised to see no quotes, but a picture that gave a clue as to what this book was going to be about: an adventure with both Rory and his dad...well, sort of...
Rory jacket

You might be like me and think endpapers are just the ends of the jacket that curve around the book, but the endpapers are really the paper that is stuck to the cardboard cover of the book. Let your child see if there is anything to them. I was surprised to discover both the books we used during story time had beautiful endpapers. I pointed out Molly Idle's Camp Rex's endpapers during story time. The front endpapers had an assortment of camping gear; the back endpapers had the same gear, but with a mysterious bite. I asked what was different. The responses were fun. 

Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad endpaper design
Rory endpapers
Camp Rex front endpapers
Camp Rex endpapers 2
Camp Rex back endpapers
Camp Rex endpapers
The entire jacket and the endpapers of a book can help a child decode what the book will be about. Try spying out with your child the endpapers and the entire book jacket out at home!

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