Go To Sleep Jessie Language Analysis

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Fellowes & Oakley 2010 states the New London Group in 1996 proposed the concept of multiliteracies. Multiliteracies was derived to reflect the The children’s picture book ‘Go to Sleep Jessie!’ authored by Libby Gleeson and illustrated by Freya Blackwood, won the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s, Early Childhood picture book of the year for 2015. The written language in this picture book is used to create an interesting story that is also personalised (Tunnel & Jacobs, 2008). This picture book could be used to read to children that have recently become an older brother or sister as it discusses the theme of family togetherness.
The Right Words - ‘Go to Sleep Jessie!’ uses the right words at the right moment to express how the older sibling
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“Mum tiptoes out of the room” (Gleeson, 2014) allows the reader to see the mum trying very carefully not to wake the sleeping baby. Then through two words “Jessie screams” Gleeson is able to state, the mum’s attempt at getting Jessie to sleep did not work. The author continues to allow the reader to believe the frustration Jo is feeling when she is trying to fall asleep.
Figurative Language – The author Gleeson also uses figurative language to communicate meaning (Tunnel & Jacobs, 2008). Gleeson’s figurative language “ “You have to go to sleep” I say. It’s night time. Everything goes to sleep” is used to convey the powerful message that night time is the time for sleeping.
Use of dialogue - The natural speech used by the storyteller ‘Jo’ creates a more trustworthy character. Jo the older sibling walks downstairs to talk to her mum, to alert her of the problem she is having with Jessie. . "She 's keeping me awake”, “I want my room back” are examples of dialogue used by Gleeson, 2014 to tell a more convincing story. This dialogue is also able to demonstrates the emotional intensity felt by Jo when she keeps trying to fall
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“She stares at the closed door, screws up her eyes and screams”. This well written sentence tells the reader how the baby feels after the mother has left the room.
Unexpected Insights - Towards the end of the story, Jo’s character has an unexpected transformation. Jo has an eye-opening experience when she ends up climbing into the cot with her sister. “She snuggles up next to me, I put my arms around her and hold her close. She falls asleep. I fall asleep too.” Gleeson uses the right words to demonstrate insight about the human experience Jo has gone through that comes from her own struggles with her younger sister (Tunnel & Jacob, 2008).
Weak writing in your text - ‘Go to Sleep Jessie!’ is a well written and creatively illustrated book that has no evidence of weak writing (Tunnel & Jacobs, 2008). Gleeson, 2014 created an insightful story about an authentic experience from her own family history. The purpose of this picture book was to provide an experience that occurs when siblings share a room. It also promotes the message of family

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