When kids are learning to read, a good teacher gives them as many tools to use.  Young readers are taught to sound out words they don’t know, words and concepts are repeated, and stories are put into a form that are familiar and warm.  All of these help us even as adults along with one more critical tool – context, a bigger whole than the details that support it.  Context comes from the pictures that support the text, either in a kids’ book or a magazine, but it also comes from the text itself.  It also happens to be something that is fading from our culture altogether in strange and chilling ways.

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