[bksvol-discuss] Re: Children's books' illustrations

You've got the idea. And if your friend's child is
blind, you can hve him help by seeing if the
illustration description is clear enough,i.e.,
understandble. As a sighted person, I forget sometimes
that what I know a blind person might not. I was
describing The Man Who Walked Between Towers, somehow
the discussion came onto the list. Someone asked about
how the man on the tightrope balanced, and I mentioned
holding a long stick perpendicular to rope, thinking
in my mind that it was being held by outstretched arms
across the rope--but Shelley described it in more
detail--i.e., a long pole being held by outstretched
arms across his body; then I realized that
perpendicular could have meant straight up and from
the rope.  Now I try to think of how what I write
might be misunderstood, or, when I "scan" a children's
book (usually typed rather than scanned because, as
with the David book, from what I understand  from the
post, the background of the pages are in color) I ask
Shelley or Lena to validate it and correct to my
descriptions if they need to be clarified--or if they
are too detailed.

I was including colors, and had asked here and
received the answer that people appreciated them. But
it does make the job of describing the illustrations
more time-consuming. 

Cindy

--- Jamie Yates <jamieyates@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> 
> I know and love this book.
> 
> So like on the page (I don't HAVE this book anymore
> but all the David books were well loved and read in
> our house) where David takes a big bite out of the
> cake and he says something like "no, no it wasn't
> me!"
> you would write something like:
> 
> [picture shows David standing next to a whole cake
> with a big bite taken out of it]
> 
> ?
> 
> Because if you were blind you would need to know
> that
> so that the next one would make sense. The next one
> is
> something like David crying in his bed and saying
> "yes, it was me!"
> 
> All the David books are funny pictures like that
> with
> simple sentences to go with the pictures.
> 
> Jamie in Michigan
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