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From Pictures to Words: A Book About Making a Book Paperback – September 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 510L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823412717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823412716
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.2 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #799,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Stevens (Coyote Steals the Blanket: A Ute Tale) writes-and draws-herself into this innovative explanation of how authors and artists create picture books. Rendered in black-and-white drawings, she sits in her studio surrounded by vividly colored and humorously garbed animals who urge her to write a story. Stevens agrees, picks three creatures (a rhino, koala and cat) to appear in her tale and, insisting she is an illustrator and not an author, cautions them not to expect too much of her. As the characters contribute sometimes outlandish suggestions and diverting asides, Stevens tells them that their story needs a setting; a beginning, middle and end; plus a plot in which something happens. She lays out her sketches in a storyboard and then, with her chatty characters by her side, goes through the processes of writing, editing, making a dummy and creating the final art. Though the detailed explanations may prove a bit laborious, aspiring writers and artists will appreciate this tidy lesson. Ages 7-9.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Gr. 2^-4. With so many successful picture books to her credit, Stevens seems the perfect person to introduce picture-book writing and illustrating to children. Her clever book may not be prime story-time material, but it will be fun for teachers to use in class and ideal for sharing with creative kids. Stevens, appearing as herself sketched in black-and-white, is the main character in her story. She's surrounded by a fetching assemblage of colorful animal characters who encourage her to write a book starring them. With help from Cat, Koala Bear, and Rhino, she does, explaining as she goes along the basic elements of writing and illustrating--setting, plot, tension, and characterization. Kids won't learn the technical production stuff, but Stevens demystifies the creative process, not only in her text, but also in the warm and friendly chaos of the pictures. A last page encourages children to try making a book of their own. Stephanie Zvirin --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Stevens has created a delightful story, complete with fabulous illustrations, in which she models for the reader how a book/story is written. This is a valuable/must resource for any elementary teacher wanting to introduce or reinforce the elements of a story or who just wants her students to enjoy a well-written, fun tale
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bettie Fisher on April 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
I love Janet Stevens' work and this one is no exception. The illustrations are delightful, as always, and the concept of showing readers how a book is made is terrific. I'll enjoy sharing this with classes. It would be a great lead-in for students to do writing of their own, too. It's a winner!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy on October 17, 2010
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I am an elementary teacher and have loved sharing this book with my students for many years -- especially those who have chronic writer's block. This is also an inspirational book for an art activity. I like to have students think about the characters from their own favorite children's books and then draw a picture of themselves reading a book (blank cover) with the main characters from their favorites behind and around them, reading the book with them.

This is also a very, very good author to meet in person! She really teaches kids how to think artistically and draw! Brings in lots of geometry, too -- seeing the shapes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Learning Abilities Books on September 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Stevens has written and illustrated many successful picture books. She uses the fictional genre to show rather than tell her young readers about writing and illustrating a book. Vivid animal characters request her to write a book about them. Children see the process of creating the setting, plot, characters, and having tension in the story. The book ends with the suggestion for the reader to write a story.
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