P.S. If I were reading the book and the pictures weren't in the book I wouldn't miss them--but that's just me. Cindy ***WISH LIST (CALLED REQUESTED ADDITIONS TO THE BOOKSHARE COLLECTION)IS AVAILABLE AT http://people.delphiforums.com/jamiecalton/Book_Requests.htm http://www.friendsofbookshare.org/ http://studentpages.alma.edu/~07jmyate/book_requests.htm A LIST OF BOOKS CURRENTLY BEING SCANNED IS AVAILABLE AT http://people.delphiforums.com/jamiecalton/scanning.html http://www.friendsofbookshare.org/ Jake's site for useful links: http://www.jbrownell.com/bkslinks.html --- On Thu, 8/28/08, Estelnalissi <airadil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > From: Estelnalissi <airadil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Subject: [bksvol-discuss] picture description bog down > To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Date: Thursday, August 28, 2008, 11:22 PM > Dear Booksharian Friends, > > I'm moving slower than road construction in two books. > After so much time > and work I would be sorry to give them up, but I have to > face facts that I > don't have the ability to see details or the visual > endurance to continue > trying to describe the pictures and both are very picture > rich. > > The first is a Portrait of Jane Austen by David Cecil. The > title means > portrait in two senses. It's a portrait in words based > on extensive research > and use of letters of the people involved, and literally a > visual portrait > as it is heavily illustrated with portraits of the people > in Jane's life and > the places where she and her family lived and visited. > After months I'm only > up to page 79. I've spent so many hours that I > don't want to give up, but > without help maybe I should. The illustrations show so much > about that time, > the late 18th and early 19th centuries. For example, > there's a vast room, > which I'm guessing, is 20 feet high. I can't > imagine how they heated such a > room, but I think it's there. I think there are 2 or 3 > tiers of windows > separated by impressive vertically ridged pillars with > ornate carving at the > tops. This is a beautiful book. The prose are fascinating > to a fan of Jane > Austen's writing, but the pictures lend a reality the > text never touches.It > is 206 pages long. Maybe someone with sharp vision could > pick and choose > some which pictures to describe. > > The other book is Mummies, Tombs, and Treasure Secrets of > Ancient Egypt by > Lila Perl, for middle grade children. Here again I think > the pictures show > wonders not described in the text like how mummified bodies > and Egyptian art > looks. It's a Scholastic oversized soft cover book > which is 120 pages long. > The print of the captions for photographs is smaller than > the text, too > small for me. I'm only on page 12. > > If anyone will volunteer to help with picture descriptions, > I can validate > the text in a few days. > > And if no volunteers have time or the interest to take on > these, what seem > to me to be demanding books, then I'd be interested in > what what those of > you who can't see pictures think I should do. If enough > of you don't think > it's awful for me to skip the picture descriptions and > get on with > validating, then that's what I'll do, relieved of > guilt and glad to complete > validating within a short time from posting this letter. > > At its best my corrected vision was 20/200 but as well as I > was able I used > to love art and described pictures to my students.In some > books the pictures > aren't that important, but when they are, I feel a void > leaving them out or > not being able to interpret them myself. > > Advice and or help are welcome. > > Always with love, > > Lissi, suffering from over-renewal syndrome > > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to > bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject > line. To get a list of available commands, put the word > 'help' by itself in the subject line. To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.