Book: Apples to Oregon
Author: Deborah Hopkinson & Nancy Carpenter
Publisher: Antheneum Books for Young Readers
Quick Synopsis: How apples made it over the Oregon Trail
#1) Include a picture with a big foreground to allow for a large section of writing on the bottom of the page. This helps reduce the amount of white space.
#2) The confidence in a slouch: Our body language gives a lot of signals. Translate that communications through your characters.
#3) The confidence in a firm stance: See above. Also, notice the perspective. A lower perspective alludes the confidence and pride in the little girl.
#4) The value of a child sharing work with an adult: Look how the little girl is looking up to her father. You can tell her involvement means a lot to her. She is also mimicking his stance showing his influence on her.
#5) Using orange or pink for sky instead of the obvious blue: Really, how often is the sky actually blue? MOst of the sky in this book is pink and orange. These colors adds a lot to the feeling of the book with their warmth.
There is a lot you can learn by observing.
“Again and again I’ve taken quick glances and then for some reason I’ve got to sit before a picture waiting and it’s opened up like one of those Japanese flowers that you put into water and something I thought wasn’t worth more than a casual, respectful glance begins to open up depth after depth of meaning.” Sister Wendy Beckett