Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Picture Book Opening Lines
According to Wheeler opening lines can also set the mood of the "date" for the reader.They let readers know if this story is serious or silly. Happy or sad. Quiet or rambunctious.
Wheeler also points out the need to keep opening lines fresh. She warns us not to use those same old "pick-up" lines that have been hashed over a thousand times. Be original. I try. I really do try to come up with original phrases, metaphors, opening lines. It stretches my brain for sure.
I decided to go through my collection of PBs and try to identify some opening lines.
This line leaves me wondering. Where is she? Why is she talking to God? It also leaves me wondering what Harriet has to do with Moses.