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Sector 7 by David Wiesner
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Nov 03, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy-and-sci-fi

I thought this was a creative, whimsical book. This illustrator is very good at telling a thought-provoking story with only illustrations. This (wordless) book could make for a fun conversation with young students. They could even write their own text to go with the story! Put this book into a free-read center in a pre-K to 1st grade class and see if students pick it up to share with a friend, sharing their version of the story. Use this with older students to show how strong art can convey meaning. In such a lesson, this book might be paired with the movie "WALL-E" to show how a story can be told using very few words. A mood or emotion can be implied simply by an eyebrow being raised or a hand tilted palm up (as in a shrug). Slight differences in lines or colors or shapes can imply different things.

This book could be paired with some of Mr. Wiesner's other books to see what kind of creative paths he took with storylines, characters, settings, realism vs. fantasy. Students can look for similarities and differences amongst his books and illustrations. Perhaps, also, they can decide if the story would lose it's 'power' if text were to be added. An interesting parallel would be to compare this idea with silent films vs. talking films or mime vs. verbal acting. This can allow students to see that visual elements can play key roles in certain kinds of storytelling.
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