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25 January 2010

The Pictorial Webster's

I am thinking of Pictorial Webster's: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities as a beautiful tool for the classroom. In the past, I have used both Zoo - ology and Almost Everything by Joelle Jolivet with children, often as a book that is available for the children to look at independently.  There is no explanation, just a picture.  I imagine this is the same for the Pictoral Dictionary.

The pictures are black and white prints, and, being a dictionary, there is a little bit of everything.

Watching the author's video on the making of the leather-bound, letterpress printed limited edition, I thought about young children and book binding.  We do some simple stapled books, and sometimes sewn books or accordion books.  The idea of making a thick book and stamping on the closed pages is interesting, I think.  I dont know if that would ever come about in the classroom, though!

The video also has me thinking about woodcuts and linocuts.  Have you ever used them in your classroom?  Where do you get your materials?

The video is worth a watch - it is a really interesting project.

1 comment:

  1. I am happy to see my book used by educators. One of my great hopes for Pictorial Webster's was for middle schoolers to use a given page to write a story using each of the images. I have tried this with adult educators who swore they would use it with their 5th graders but have yet to hear a report. It was fun to share the stories and for the listeners to guess what page the writer had used. I also imagined using the wall cards for telling stories for the K-3 set. Each child has a card and continues a "pass around" story using an image on her card. . . anyway, thought I would chime in! - johnn carrera


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