Bettelheim response

Never thought illustrations can have such a big affect on the reader. I just started to realize how many things a writer have to pay attention; not just the story itself but, quite literally, what it is wrapped in. Personally, I’ve never paid much attention to the pictures, usually they were very abstract and I couldn’t get anything out of it. But I believe that sometimes they are helpful, for example in The Little Prince when the narrator speaks about the open and closed snake (snake hat drawing), I didn’t realize what it means, how to imagine it. That picture became essential part of the tale for me. I believe illustrations aren’t necessarily bad for the child’s imagination, especially for the very young ones. Pictures can boost a story, help to understand. Too many illustrations may deprive the reader of the experience of creating a subjective version of the written realm, but a few can help to set the mood, to make the environment something new, something not ordinary.

 

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