The Biggest Bear

By:Lynd Ward

Literary Elements, Physical Features, Visual Elements

Several elements are used throughout the images in The Biggest Bear. Images in the story show readers that the storyline took place a few years back. Readers can assume this due to the lack of color. The images also show the plot. For example, when Johnny the little boy goes to hunt for a bear you can actually see it since Ward illustrates the action. Lynd Ward does this so that he can tell the story through his pictures as well. Some learners are visual learners which is why images in the story really help clarify any confusion readers may have. The pictures are a fairly big size as well as the book. The images are the height of the book. There is no certain shape in the story besides lines. Lines are used most throughout the story to show texture. Some images in the book are made taller while others are drawn wider. For example, when Johnny is in the forest the falls are made very tall. However, when Johnny is feeding his bear in the kitchen the drawing is wider due to the table. This ultimately makes the pictures feel real. Lynd Ward also has the entire book black and white accept the beginning and end paper which are red. Lynd Ward does this so that readers are not distracted throughout the story with a variety of different colors. By Lynd Ward having the colors of the story all black and white the readers are able to focus on just the content of the storyline.

Artistic Style/Artistic Media/

The artistic style used in The Biggest Bear is very realistic. Although the images are hand made with water colors they portray exactly what the images would look like in real life. The images show exactly what is going on in the story. For example, the bear in the story gets into the calves milk and starts drinking it. Sure enough, there is an image that portrays this act perfectly. Another example, is when the bear is eating the apples in the orchard.Following the sentences there is a drawing showing the bear eating apples in the orchard(Image shown on the bottom of the page). Lynd Ward makes his images very realistic by using opaque water colors making it easier for readers to picture and process the story. The images help show that the book is realistic. Images that occur in the book are things that readers will see in real life. Lynd Ward makes his images realistic with the use of opaque watercolors. By using the water colors he is able to make different shades of the same color. He also uses the watercolors to create texture in his images.
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Elements of Illustrations/Interplay of Text

While reading the book I realized that every illustration is on the right-hand side. No image in the story is on the left-hand side. The author does this so that the image is the first thing the reader sees when they turn the page. Since the reader sees the image first they can already visualize what it is they are reading before they read it. The images in the story are very important. After every sentence and or statement Lynd Ward would have an image following it. This is done purposely so that readers can picture what is occurring in the story accurately. Another reason why the images are on the right-hand-side is so that after readers read the writing it is followed by an image showing the act. This is done purposefully to help readers that may not be able to visualize what the lines are saying.

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By: Kayla Pile