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Wordless Picture Books : A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Written by Sheeba Manish

Wordless picture books are a visual mind’s delight.  Wordless picture books are indeed a ‘ajooba’ – it means a wonder of a kind in Urdu. Many of the wordless picture books evoke several deep and nuanced emotions in children and seasoned readers. The power of the brush is used uniquely and wielded with elan by some outstanding illustrators and story tellers.

In The Red Book a girl comes upon a red book and opens to see a young boy on a beach. She realises he too is holding a red book and can see her. Will they meet? Read the magical wordless book by Barbara Lehman to find out.

Barbara Lehman and David Weisner are true masters of the wordless picture book.A girl comes upon a red book and opens to see a young boy on a beach. She realises he too is holding a red book and can see her. Will they meet? Read the magical wordless book by Barbara Lehman to find out.

In her Caldecott-winning book (2005) A girl comes upon a red book in her snowy city and opens to see a young boy on a beach. She realises he too is holding a red book and can see her. Will they meet? Read the magical wordless book by Barbara Lehman to find out.

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David Weisner’s Tuesday feels like a blockbuster science fantasy on paper. A 1992 Caldecott winner, this book has beautiful surrealistic art. The illustrations are detailed and ethereal. This almost wordless book is about a certain  Tuesday when something strange started to happen. The strange apparition illustrations will lift the reader up in wonder.

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Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle explores the harmony of two unlikely dancers, Flora and well..flamingo. Delightfully pink, with oh-too-adorable illustrations Flora and her flamingo, will waltz their way into the hearts of little children.

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Suzy Lee’s Wave is another brilliant wordless book that will sweep you off your feet! A little girl’s encounter with the waves is an interplay of grey and blue.

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Chalk by Bill Thompson is a hyper-real wordless book. Three children find a bag of coloured chalk. It turns out the chalk is not regular chalk; They enjoy the benefits of the chalk until things take a turn for the worse. How will the children solve this problem with chalk?

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Wordless picture books encourage independent ‘reading’ by a child without the help of an adult. The experience can be enhanced with adults interacting with the child and discussing the story, but it is a journey a child can undertake alone.

Picture books are one of the first stops to viewing perspectives and art. There are a variety of illustrating style and children often prefer some over others. This is a step in the developing of their artistic sensibility.

Children will identify objects they have seen in their home or surroundings with those in the book. This further enhances the sense of that object.

Wordless picture books help little children get familiar with the idea of a story. They seek to know what will happen next.

The most important reason why children should read wordless picture books is because they are such great fun.

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