REFLECTION
on EXPLORING PICTURES

What do you know now that you didn’t know before?

When you have read the story and you have fleshed out what is going on in the scene, there are often surprises. What we imagine is happening in a picture may not be what is actually happening there.

For example, you might think that Rapunzel is crying for help from her tower window, but when you read the story, you discover that she isn’t crying—she’s singing! That understanding will shift the way you look at the picture and may prompt you to wonder more about the story.

There are also emotional depths in the picture that will come out when you have read the whole story. You will know what led up to the moment that is depicted in your picture, which in turn will make the scene more dramatic or poignant.

Take a few moments to reflect on your scene. What do you now know that you didn’t know before? How do you feel about it?

For example,

It seems very unfair that Jack gets so much scolding. He doesn’t seem to be at fault in any particular way. And the scolding is quite abusive. First his mother puts him down for being lazy and worthless. Then the butcher scolds him for mistreating the cow. Even the narrator has a scolding tone. Poor Jack! My heart goes out to him.