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RAMOS, Flávia Brocchetto; PANOZZO, Neiva Senaide Petry  and  ZANOLLA, Taciana. Image and word in the reading of narrative. Perspectiva [online]. 2011, vol.29, n.01, pp.245-262. ISSN 0102-5473.

Contemporary children’s stories explore the various languages of children’s literature - words and illustration. A reading of these works allows the reader to construct meaning through the interaction between verbal and visual codes. To analyze this process, a study was conducted of the narrative Ah cambaxirra, se eu pudesse..., by Ana Maria Machado and Graça Lima (2003). It focused on two aspects: the analysis of the possible readings proposed by the language, based on Genette (1982), Iser (1976), Kleiman (2002), Parsons (1992) and Zilberman (1998), and the meanings constructed by third grade children, according to qualitative research principals (Bauer; Gaskell, 2003; Eisner, 1998). The study confirms the construction of meanings in the text through the relation between the languages. Nevertheless, the analysis of children’s reading reveals that the meanings constructed by the children emphasize the words over the visual aspects. It is believed that the children’s perspective is a result of the approach they are taught at school, which does not form proficient readers. The article aims to contribute to research in this area and to provide tools for reading mediators.

Keywords : Reading; Children’s Literature; Illustration.

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