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Visual Journeys through Wordless Narratives: An International Inquiry with Immigrant Children and the Arrival

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Visual Journeys through Wordless Narratives: An International Inquiry with Immigrant Children and the Arrival

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Visual Journeys Through Wordless Narratives: An International Inquiry with Immigrant Children and The Arrival

Edited by Evelyn Arizpe, Teresa Colomer, and Carmen Martinez-Roldan/Bloomsbury Academic/2015/288 pp./$140.00 (hb)

In Visual Journeys Through Wordless Narratives, edited by Evelyn Arizpe, Teresa Colomer, and Carmen Martinez-Roldan, the wordless picture book is presented as a bridge for stimulating literacy experiences among pre-K to 8th grade immigrant children. Visual narratives can not only help language teachers reach around linguistic barriers, but can also engage young readers. Because of the nature of a picture book or graphic novel, the authors contend that this medium can connect multiple genres as well as cultures, and touch on a range of topics, including literary theory and semiotics.

The editors include their research questions, hypotheses, and descriptions of the population and geography of their study, which took place in Glasgow, Scotland; Barcelona, Spain; and Arizona. Part 1 of the text covers the work of the study, Part 2 explores analysis of the findings, and Part 3 gives implications for pedagogy. The study used the books Flotsam by David Wiesner and The Arrival by Shaun Tan (both 2006), which are described in detail. Reading wordless picture books is also connected to the experience of reading graphic novels, and study data is presented in sections of dialogue collected from the participants, as well as children's annotations on pages of the books included in the study. …

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