PB 14:14 – Top 10 Picture Book Story Elements – It’s Time for Rhyme
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Today is the first day of Christie Wright Wild’s PB 14:14…fourteen days of immersing ourselves in picture books – probably the best Valentine’s day gift I could ever get!
I was honored to guest-post on Christie’s blog today: http://christiewrightwild.blogspot.com/2015/02/pb-1414-in-2015-day-one-with-vivian.html
And I’m thrilled to be participating in this challenge – examining ten different elements that make a picture book sing. Here is the list from Christie’s blog sidebar:
- #1: CHARACTER
- #2: CONFLICT
- #3: PLOT
- #4: DIALOGUE
- #5: THEME
- #6: PACING
- #7: WORD PLAY
- #8: PATTERNS
- #9: RHYME
- #10: BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS
I’ve always loved to use rhyme when I write – I can remember, as a child, penning little verses to put on homemade birthday cards. Here’s an example of a picture book that is all about RHYME.
Title: ONE BIG PAIR OF UNDERWEAR
Author: Laura Gehl
Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
Word Count: 350
Top 10 Element: Rhyme
Rhyme is a very important element in this story – underwear, share, fair
Snacks, packs, backpacks
Teal, seals, wheels, deal
Bars, cars, jars
Planned, band, grand, hand
It’s also a counting book – and of course, the word ‘underwear’ encourages laughter each time it is repeated…which it is!
My six-year old grandson will listen to it (and now is able to read it back to me) over and over again. He especially loves the rhyme because he is able to anticipate what the end word will be – that is so much fun for kids.
So for the next 13 days, I’ll be taking a look at ten important elements in picture books…hope you’ll come along for the ride!
Posted on February 14, 2015, in PB 14:14, Rhyme, Top Ten Story Elements in Picture Books and tagged Christie Wright Wild, Laura Gehl, One Big Pair of Underwear, Vivian Kirkfield. Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.