Thursday, January 1, 2009

I Love Book Covers!

I actually did this! I bought The Ponder Heart because of the book cover in the 1990s. The seersucker gentleman in watercolor screams Southern, and I had to have the paperback!

Have you thought about using book covers to get students thinking about the content; possibly, ask the class to write a 10 word sentence using the cover illustration before reading the story? Might be fun to review the sentences and see if anyone gets close to the plot or a character after the reading. Many authors draw inspiration from art such as the popular Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. She actually studied the portrait and the artist Johannes Vermeer before writing a word of her story.

These illustrations are by artist Barry Moser. A Chattanooga, TN native, he first drew airplanes as a boy then graduated to "nekkid women." Now his bread and butter is the portrait.

From upper right, reading clockwise, covers include The Robber Bridegroom, The Golden Apples, Thirteen Stories, A Curtain of Green, The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty, The Ponder Heart, and The Bride of the Innisfallen. I am missing his Delta Wedding cover that features three southern ladies. ~Maggie

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