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Congratulations on buying this attractive book of pictorial prompts. But are you a little unsure about how useful

this book will be to your child, since it’s probably unlike any other book you’ve seen before? Well, let’s explain

some of the ways in which this book can be used by parents, teachers, and even by readers themselves. 

As you can see, the book has XXXX colourful illustrations in it. The illustrations, created by talented and well

known artists, are all unique and original, and depict different themes, events, characters and scenes. A parent

can sit with his or her child, and slowly turn the pages of the book until the child sees an illustration that appeals

to him or her, or sparks his or her interest. Then, the parent can ask the child to make a story around the picture.  

How does one go about this? One way is to ask a few simple questions like:

What do you think is going on in this picture?  Describe the objects that you can see in it. 

What do the characters look like they are doing?

What do you think happened before the scene in this picture?

What do you think is going to happen after this scene in the picture? 

What do you think the colours and shapes in the picture mean? 

To give you an example, one of the illustrations in the book depicts a little elephant with large, round eyes peeking

out from behind a tree. The background of the illustration is black. Some of the questions that could be used as

prompts for this illustration are:

Is the little elephant hiding behind a tree a boy, or a girl? What is the elephant’s name?  

Why is the little elephant hiding behind a tree? Is it because he or she is shy? Is it because he or she is lonely, or

afraid?

Why is the background of the picture dark? Is it because it’s night? Is it because there’s a storm brewing? Is it

because the little elephant is deep in a thick, dense jungle?   

A parent or a teacher can add more questions of their own to this list to stimulate the child’s imagination. 

     Story building is a powerful tool to develop language and communication skills, and to express a variety of

feelings, thoughts, facts and emotions. Creating a story is an activity that can be done both as a written activity in

the classroom, at home during leisure time, and in creative writing classes. It can also be used as an interesting,

yet educational oral activity to keep children entertained and occupied during long train or car journeys, or when

children are bored and restless in airport lounges or doctors’ waiting rooms. 

    Story telling using a pictorial prompt can also be a very entertaining group activity in a classroom, or on a

picnic, and is a great ice-breaker when there’s a  group of children who do not know each other well. A group of

children can be assigned one illustration, and the team members can brainstorm together and discuss the details

of the illustration before actually writing the story down. When the same picture is given to two or three different

groups, the stories that emerge will be totally different, so, these pictorial prompts are an imaginative and useful

way to teach children that people can look at the same things quite differently, and have varying points of view.

When this book is used as a story prompt for older children, a teacher can make the story writing activity more

challenging by picking out two pictures and asking students to write a story, that incorporates both the pictures.

Or, the students themselves can pick out two pictures from the book themselves, and write a story around them.

These pictures can also be used as prompts for writing poems in poetry writing classes. For example, if we use

the illustration that depicts a little elephant peeking out from behind a tree, we could give the students one verse

of a poem and ask them to complete the poem.

A naughty baby elephant wandered away from his mother one night.

As he walked on, he came across a very strange sight.

The little elephant stood behind a tree, and said, “Oh, what a surprise! 

It’s hard to believe what I’m seeing with my little, round  eyes…..”

    The pictorial prompts can also be used as a starter for students to express themselves through drawings. Here

too, a teacher or a parent can ask questions to get a child’s creative juices flowing, before he or she creates a pic-

ture. For example, if we are using the same illustration that depicts a little elephant peeking out from behind a

tree, some of the questions that can be asked can be:

What is the little elephant looking at from behind a tree? Is it a monster? A dragon? A fairy?  Draw a picture of

the object you think the elephant is looking at.  

What are the other things around the elephant? Draw them.  

This book will be useful for even toddlers who cannot read, and are just beginning to get familiar with language.

A parent or teacher can point to different objects, colours and shapes in a picture, and repeat their names, or ask

the toddler to identify them. The book can also be used as a fun vocabulary building tool for older children. Here

again, the parent or teacher can ask a few questions to elicit responses.  

How does this picture make you feel?  Does it make you feel happy, scared, sad, or worried? 

What are the words that you think of when you look at this picture? 

Describe some of the things you can see in the picture. 

The pictures in this book can be used again and again to create stories of many different moods. For example,

a parent or a teacher can ask a child, or a group of children to write a sad story, a funny story, or a story with a

mysterious ending from the same illustration. The illustrations in the book do not necessarily indicate a sequence

of events or activities that happen at the beginning of a story. The illustration may be of events that happen in the

middle of a story, or right at its end. The uses of this book are limited only by your own imagination. So, put on

your thinking cap as you turn the pages of this lovely book, and let the ideas about how to use this book, flow out.   


Picture Ebook

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  • Author: Flipick
  • Published: 2016-12-14 12:05:15
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