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CHILDREN’S LITERATURE TASK 1 Name: Tausha PiepStudent ID:#000765586Date: June 26,2021Course: Children’s Literature C970PART A: SELECTED ILLUSTRATED BOOK WITH POSITIVE DIVERSE REPRESENTATION FOR PART B DISCUSSION & PART C LESSON PLAN●My Beautiful Birds By: Suzanne Del Rizzo March 8,2017PART BPart B1-B1a: Positive Diverse RepresentationDiversity is represented in My Beautiful Birds because it is about a family in Syria escaping their corrupt government. The little boy in the book must leave behind his pet birds when his village is set on fire by the military. A specific example of positive representation of diversity in the book is, “I only lookedback once when we were running to escape. In my mind I see them. Against the glowing Syrian skyline, dark flapping specks spiral upward. I know those wings. So steady. Strong. It will be okay, Sami. They escaped too.” (Rizzo.2017) The positive diverse representation in this book teaches children that regardless of our cultural background we are alike. Sami comes from a country that is fighting against each other, but he still has pets, a family, school, and friends he loves and misses when he must leave his home. The quote above describes how Sami is feeling as he leaves his pigeons behind. It gives the students perspective for understanding of the things that are going on in Syria through the eyes of someone they relate to in age. Part B2-B2a: Literary Theme & Literary ElementOne literary theme found in My Beautiful Birds is Courage in the face of adversity. Sami had to leave behind his home and be courageous trekking through Syria to a safe camp. “We walk all night, and all day, and all night once more. I count footsteps, never wanting to look up again. As the sun peeks over the dunes to greet the new day, we arrive at the camp. Helpful hands welcome us in. We made it. We aresafe.” (Rizzo.2017) The plot conveys the theme of courage in the face of adversity. The main events in thestory show how courageous and brave Sami had to be when his home was being overtaken. Part B3: Quality Illustrations in Selection of Children’s LiteratureIt is important to choose children’s literature with quality artwork because your students use theillustrations to know understand the story as stated in the textbook. “Children often make use of illustrations to understand a story as they read.” (Rizzo.2017) Without clear illustrations to portray the story young readers may not understand what they are reading. Having clear illustrations helps the reader to comprehend the story more clearly.
Part B3a: Quality Illustrations & Literary Theme(Rizzo.2017)Children’s Literature illustrations are important because they give the reader a way to connect tothe story and understand what is going on. In young children they comprehend the illustrations better than the text. So, without illustrations they would not be able to comprehend much of the story.