Baby Bear or Mrs Bear? Young English Bengali-speaking children’s responses to narrative picture books at school
Colledge, Marion (2005) Baby Bear or Mrs Bear? Young English Bengali-speaking children’s responses to narrative picture books at school. Literacy, 39 (1). pp. 24-30.
This article presents findings from a one-year study of several Bengali-speaking children aged 5–6 years, in their first year of the English school system. The investigation centres on exploration of the children’s responses, principally to the visual text, of a selection of narrative picture books used in their school. The aim was to collect children’s responses to characters and visual features, and to see what narratives the children made from the picture books. The children, some of whom were relatively experienced viewers and narrators of picture-book stories, produced varied responses to character and décor. The article suggests that the books formed a bridge between the known and the culturally unfamiliar, giving the children access to an understanding of scenes from types of homes other than their own. The author asserts the need to welcome children’s versions of stories and their interpretation of pictures, and to allow them the opportunity to re-read picture books many times.
Derived from a thesis submitted for the Degree of Master of Philosophy to Middlesex University
|Keywords (uncontrolled):||children’s literature, narrative picture books, bilingual, Bengali-speaking children, Key Stage 1, reader response|
|Research Areas:||School of Health and Education > Education|
|Deposited On:||06 Jul 2010 11:09|
|Last Modified:||19 Jul 2014 10:07|
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