Children’s Comprehension of Visual Images in Television

Authored by: Georgette Communtziz-Page

Handbook of Visual Communication

Print publication date:  November  2004
Online publication date:  December  2004

Print ISBN: 9780805841787
eBook ISBN: 9781410611581
Adobe ISBN: 9781135636531


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It’s bedtime. A 3-year-old sits in a comfortable chair with his mother as she reads aloud. Typically, the two engage in an interesting discussion about the pictures and the story. In one of the illustrations, a cow is portrayed jumping over a crescent-shaped moon. “Oh, look at that moon!” she exclaims to her son, who has a disconcerted look on his face. When she asks her 3-year-old what is wrong, he tells her that the moon is “broken.” “Yes, I guess it does look that way,” says the mother, realizing that a crescent-shaped moon is not yet part of her preschooler’s visual vocabulary.

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