The Letter Home by Timothy Decker is a very different type of picture book from the last two I wrote about. Using sparse language and black and white drawings, Decker shows one soldier’s perspective of World War I. Students would need quite a bit of background knowledge or guidance to fully understand the meaning behind Decker’s illustrations, but this is where the book’s value in teaching visual literacy comes in. . . The statements “It started with a boat ride.” and “Some nights were alive with fireworks.” mean so much more when paired with their detailed pictures.
As a side note, the illustrations would also be great to use in art class as examples of shading.