Article published in:Development of Pragmatic and Discourse Skills in Chinese-Speaking Children
Edited by Zhu Hua and Lixian Jin
[Benjamins Current Topics 60] 2014
► pp. 111–129
Chinese preschool children’s comprehension of a picture storybook
This chapter explores 3 to 6 year old Chinese children’s comprehension of a picture storybook The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The results show: (1) Chinese children’s understanding of images, actions and characters’ states improves with age; (2) Children develop their understanding of images first, followed by actions and then characters’ states; (3) It is easier for children to understand images prominent in pictures than those not prominent in pictures or containing culture-specific information with which children are not familiar, actions represented directly through the relationship of different images than those actions which require making a connection with preceding and following pictures, and characters’ states represented by visible information such as size and colour than those less visible or age-appropriate.
Published online: 16 May 2014
Cited by 1 other publications
Li, Linhui, Cortazzi Martin, Liu Baogen & Gao Xiaomei
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