Barbara SantucciBarbara Santucci is available for school, library, and workshop/conference visits. She is a seasoned presenter and relates to all age groups. Since she is both a writer and an artist her presentations and workshops often integrate components for writing and artistic expression -- and always with a goal of creating lifelong readers and learners.
Her writing process is closely linked to her visual art process and
frequently the themes present in one show up in the other. in her
stories for children she strives to portray something that she feels is
worth saying. But her stories also entertain because that is the
function of a writer.
Poetry and the Picture Book
Picture books are meant to be read aloud to children; therefore, they should delight the listener. In picture books, as well as verse, every word counts. The language can include image-making in the form of metaphor, simile and personification. Rhythm, rhyme and repetition will give life to the words on the page. Poetic devices can enrich all of our writing and provide stories that are rich in characters, ideas and emotion.
Point of View and the Picture Book
The author’s job is to make the reader care about their characters and what happens to them in our stories. One way to achieve this is by the use of a strong point of view. A good use of point of view will help the reader feel the actions and emotions of the characters by taking us along on their journey. The reader sees and feels everything through the eyes of the character and will connect with them if we use this technique well.
The Use of Metaphoric Objects in Children's Stories
The poetic device of metaphor creates images in readers' minds through the use of figurative language. Such images serve to clarify emotions and abstract concepts. A familiar concrete object often is used to symbolize an abstract concept or emotion. This invites readers to stretch their imaginations. Examples will include several children's books that use the device of metaphor to illustrate difficult concepts and emotions.