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Picture Talking

With few words and words of different languages at that, Minh Le and Dan Santat show how art is the universal language.


Characters: Mom, boy, Grandpa


Theme: Communication, language, culture


Conflict: A problem to solve -- how to talk to someone when you don't know how to speak their language.


Perspective: First person


Plot: A Vietnamese-American boy is dropped off by his mother at his Grandpa's house. During lunch they try to speak but neither understands what the other is saying. After lunch, they watch television but neither understands the other's show. Bored and frustrated the boy takes his art supplies out of his backpack and begins to draw. Grandpa likes to sketch with ink and soon they are creating a fantasy world together.


Setting: Inside Grandpa's home



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