PICTUREBOOK FOR CHILDREN
Workingwith children is an exciting experience, though the task is notwithout challenges. It is such a privilege to work with youngchildren because they are yet to learn new things. They are like aplain book anticipating to be given direction and guidance on howlife works. Capitalizing on this opportunity, young childrenparticularly those below the age of five years are the most receptiveand they can be influenced easily. This period is the learning periodfor children and it requires close attention and materials that helpthem learn.
Havingworked with children over two years, I have found that children learnmost by observation. Thus picture books give an appropriate feat thatchildren learn the most. To be an effective children worker, it is myresponsibility to be a role model, docent, teacher and caretaker. Itis a prudent idea to offer some sorts of entertainment in order tomake the young children engaged (Burgess & Ross, 1998).
Thebook “Table Manners” by Gelett and Ross depicts a powerful way ofinfluencing young children. In this book, the writer has employed agreat deal of entertainment which is an altogether a wise approachthat captures the attention of children. It handles differentsubjects essential to children by keeping them engaged with newinformation. It is a persuasive book which influences the behaviorand the thinking of the young adults. The writer explores a series ofpictures on manners which hold the attention of children reading thebook in order to keep them engaged and in the process change theirbehavior.
Thechildren who participated to explore the book got the chance to viewand laugh at their own behavior (Burgess& Ross, 1998). The author of the book has exclusively drawnpictures that reflect the children character and behavior, yet at thesame time the children do not feel like they are laughing atthemselves. To further appreciate and learn the pictures the childrencan draw the pictures on their own which goes a long way to establishappropriate foundation that inculcate proper virtues in theircharacter. This reflects human condition that nurtures children todevelop a right behavior. This is because children learn a lot byseeing pictures than reading.
Mostof the pictures used are animal pictures, for example the author hasused a cast of pigs that are displayed in cartoon tables that teachon good manners (Burgess & Ross, 1998). The employing of talkinganimals carrying a great deal of humor is further illustrated in thebook “Perfect Pigs: an Introduction to Manners” by Brown andKrensky. In this book the authors have included a hilariouscommentator who uses a naïve voice that downplays the seriouscontent of the text (Brown& Krensky, 1989).
Thechildren working in groups had an opportunity to interact with thebooks concisely. Of utmost importance was the ability of the childrento learn not only the different manners displayed by the authors butalso the children was able to learn the mathematical aspects of thebooks. This was made possible by the fact that the children wereeager to identify the animal pictures having similar design andcolours. Therefore, the children developed without knowing the aspectof counting the pictures. In addition, the children incorporatedcounting in the process of drawing the pictures.
Brown,M. T., & Krensky, S. (1989). Perfect pigs: An introduction tomanners. New York: Trumpet Club.
Burgess,G., & Ross, B. (1998). Goops and how to be them: A manual ofmanners for polite children inculcating many juvenile virtues both byprecept and example. Seattle: Peanut Butter Pub.