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Title: Examples of more than one POV in picture books?
Post by: 217mom on September 22, 2018, 04:25 PM
 :help
As I am working on a revision of a PB manuscript, one suggestion I got was to have alternate POV (in this case, two characters and their POV alternating on different spreads.) Somehow, this seems like something I have seen before, but for the life of me I can't think of a single example.  :bangcomputer

If any titles come to mind, I'd love to look at them.  :curtsy
Title: Re: Examples of more than one POV in picture books?
Post by: carrots on September 22, 2018, 06:04 PM
(I don't remember the rules about what I can post in terms of links, so please bear with me....) From a website called "Read Write Think," I found a page entitled "Children's Picture Books: Considering Multiple Perspectives."

It lists ten books, including The Story of Ruby Bridges (Cole/Ford), Peter's Chair (Keats), and No, David! (Shannon).

Best wishes, Mirka!!

 :cheerleader
Title: Re: Examples of more than one POV in picture books?
Post by: 217mom on September 22, 2018, 07:19 PM
 :yourock
Carrots, this is a treasure trove and just what I needed  :hug
Title: Re: Examples of more than one POV in picture books?
Post by: carrots on September 23, 2018, 06:59 AM
Oh, Mirka, I'm afraid I don't rock....  After rereading the PDF - I now think it's a **guide** for considering each story from other characters' points of view. In other words, it looks like these books are actually first person and the PDF is directing readers to ponder differing perspectives.

 :hiding

I've done a bit more looking and think these might be more what you're looking for (found in an article - "Top 10 Books for Teaching Point of View" - from wordpress blog readingpowergear):

Voices in the Park (Anthony Browne)

Hey Little Ant (Phillip and Hannah Hoose)

Two Bad Ants (Chris Van Allsburg)

Title: Re: Examples of more than one POV in picture books?
Post by: 217mom on September 23, 2018, 08:20 AM
You Rock, regardless. I'll check these out, also
 :thankyou for your help. I like the very idea of alternating POV and there was a time writers of MG were admonished to never do this until A VIEW from SATURDAY did it with lauded results, and good writers continue to do it and win awards for doing it to this day. Of course, it must be done well.
We hesitate with younger inexperienced readers, but I know I've seen it if only I could remember where.  The reader who suggested I do it with this manuscript lit a spark in my creative bone.
Title: Re: Examples of more than one POV in picture books?
Post by: RebeccaL-G on September 23, 2018, 09:32 AM
The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. 
Title: Re: Examples of more than one POV in picture books?
Post by: 217mom on September 23, 2018, 11:36 AM
I'll check that, also. Thanks, Rebecca G  :goldstar
Title: Re: Examples of more than one POV in picture books?
Post by: Vijaya on September 23, 2018, 05:55 PM
Mirka, Farfallina and Marcel by Holly Keller is through 2 POVs. One of my favorites. It's the only one that comes to mind right now but I'm thinking that many friendship stories would fall in that category (Frog and Toad; Henry and Mudge--okay these are chapbooks), where the author shares each character's thoughts and feelings.

:ant :ant Two Bad Ants is such a great title. I must check it out. My mind is already spinning with 2 bad :cat :cat (yes, mine!). Thanks :carrot
Title: Re: Examples of more than one POV in picture books?
Post by: 217mom on September 23, 2018, 07:54 PM
Fantastic, Vijaya.
The Two Bad Ants is a great (especially visually) PB, but not really two POVs. However, Hey Little Ant is a classic duet of POV and a perfect example of what I was asking about. One doesn't even have to go to the library anymore, as YouTube has people who read the full texts and turn the pages for the images. not great for book sales, but very good for research.

Now go and write those TWO BAD
  :bunny2 :bunny2
 :cricket :cricket
 :horse2 :horse2


Title: Re: Examples of more than one POV in picture books?
Post by: dkshumaker on September 24, 2018, 07:56 AM
This is not really two POVs but I love Boot and Shoe by Marla Frazee - where there are two main characters who each have their own side of the story except for the beginning and the end. It's a sweet book.
Title: Re: Examples of more than one POV in picture books?
Post by: 217mom on September 24, 2018, 08:18 AM
I'll check that one also   :thankyou
Title: Re: Examples of more than one POV in picture books?
Post by: Stephanie Shaw on September 30, 2018, 02:41 PM
A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberton.

And, if you want a super treat, go to Storyline and watch Sarah Silverman read it!