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Vera B. Williams

For Children's Literature with Rob Reid.
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Twilight Gilles

on 5 December 2012

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Vera B. Williams Presented by Jenna Gilles Page Layout & Color Line, Shape & Color Perspective Color Page Layout Value & Page Layout More about Vera B. Williams In Cherries & Cherry Pits, Williams' uses markers instead of her typical watercolor and pencils when her character, Bidemmi, draws and tells her own stories. In this illustration, Bidemmi is "drawing" on notebook paper while telling a story about the subway. Bidemmi is more realistic by the use of the paper and markers. Williams also takes her image off the edges, making it seem more child-like than an adult drawing this image. In A Chair for Always, Williams draws our attention to the loving relationship between Rosa and Grandma by using rounded shapes and the brightened circle from the lamp. In this story, Rosa's aunt is expecting a baby. This illustration shows the love and light this family has toward one another. We are drawn away from the hard lines of the door and into the loving circle of grandma and grandchild. In A Chair for Always, Rosa is shown outside the meeting of her mother and the mid-wife. Though she is part of the family, she is still kept distant from the birthing process. We are not shown this meeting from Rosa's perspective nor the adults' perspective because she is not privy to all the information going on downstairs. We are given the straight-forward shot. In Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe, Williams shows us how incredibly long the journey was that the family took to get to the river. The combination of empty, white space and a repeated car around the page's edges forces the reader to feel isolated and longing for the trip to end as we read her words "...and drove and drove and drove and drove...". In Hooray for Me, our eyes are instantly drawn from the left page, to the page spread, and finally to turn the page. Along with the bottom corner's line "Who are you?," we are drawn to turn the page because of the slanted words and swinging people. The character in the corner is looking at somebody.
Who could it be? In Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe, Williams does not use her regular bright and flashy color scheme. To illustrate this storm that one character describes as "almost hurricane strength," we must look harder at the figures to see what they are doing so we are not kept in the dark. We feel the harrowing scene stronger with Williams' darkened and shaded colors. Color Exuberant and bright hued illustrations are usual for Williams, however on this double page spread, she chose muted pinks and pale greens to showcase the character's nerves. Rosa, the main character, and her friends are about to give a musical performance, but are unsure how to begin. In Music, Music for Everyone, she uses rose colors frequently. These pages are no exception. Page Layout Our eyes flow along the river's path as it takes the canoe on it's first morning journey in Three Days on A River in a Canoe. Williams uses a double page spread to showcase the many things the family does just on that first morning. Previously, we saw them drive and drive and drive and now can experience the journey on the river. It is about the same amount of time, but we don't feel as bored. The river on both pages help us read the story. Page Layout & Value In Lucky Song, Evie goes through her day doing things alone and then with others. At one point, her dad sings her a song to help her sleep. This is the final page spread of the story, complete with a flowing arrow and Evie pointing back to the beginning, directing you to read the story again. Williams offers the final page completely blank except for this arrow. With nothing else to look at or read here, the reader is encouraged to read the story all over again. Page Layout & Value The front cover of Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe looks like the outside of a notebook, often used for journalling or scrap booking. The cropped corners of the title picture and author also look like scrapbooking. Right away, this gives the reader a sense that the following story could actually have happened. The story does read similar to a diary account or story told aloud. Williams' front cover images are also in the style of individual vacation photos turned into a collage. Collages give it an even more journal-like feel. Sources The above materials and: Value & Lines On the front cover of Lucky Song, WIlliams' uses thicker lines to draw the hill and the little girl. This gives the illustration a child-like appeal. Williams also utilizes borders in many of her illustrations. The border here is the kite tail. Williams explains this is mostly due to her colors and backgrounds reaching to or off the page. Most of her illustrations and backgrounds fill one or both pages. Her borders are there to keep the reader's attention on the theme or scene in that particular illustration. The blue background on this cover represents the sky and also gives it a calming quality. It can also make the reader feel the big sky beyond - many dreams and goals to reach for. Line and Shape A Chair for My Mother's cover page is vibrant and full of balance. Williams has the rounded corners of the building and soft edged people combined with the straight lines made by the repeated diamond shapes. The images and lettering are thick but not clunky. This, combined with the balanced shapes and lines, emotes steadiness, support, a solid foundation. In this story, the family is just that: their love is solid and they support one another. Image of Vera B. Williams from The Organized Librarian Blog Thank you Her Jewish Orthodox parents were born in Russia and Poland. She grew up in an "anti-religious" but socially Jewish household. Eleanor Roosevelt visited an adult and children's artwork exhibit at The Museum of Modern Art, where one of her paintings was displayed. Roosevelt chatted with the 9 year old Williams and the moment was captured on film. In 1981, Williams was arrested while peacefully blocking the entrance to the Pentagon during a pro-peace, anti-nuke protest. Along with 250 other women, she spent a month in Federal Prison. In 1998, Lucky Song, one of her books for toddlers, was the first picture book to receive the Charlotte Zolotow award for picture books. Williams wrote Lucky Song after her first grandson, Hudson, was born. Charlotte Zolotow Award http://www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/books/zolotow.asp
Something About the Author http://galenet.galegroup.com.proxy.uwec.edu/servlet/SATA_Online?dd=0&locID=eauclaire&d1=SATA_102_0081&srchtp=b&c=1&df=f&typ=All&docNum=BH2177025081&b0=vera+williams&vrsn=1.0&srs=sata&b1=A1&d3=5&ste=10&d4=0.25&stp=DateDescend&n=10&tiPG=0
TeachingBooks http://www.Teachingbooks.net Written interview and video interview.
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