The Expression of Emotions by Anthropomorphized Animals and by Humans in Children’s Literature: A Comparative Study of a Few Albums

Anne-Marie Dionne


The article focuses on the expression of emotions in children’s picture books. Picture books featuring only anthropomorphized animals have been compared to other picture books where all the characters are humans. We observed that picture books with anthropomorphized animals have fewer textual references describing emotions and that the concordance between text and illustrations is less noticeable. Picture books featuring human beings are therefore a better choice for supporting the understanding of young children’s emotions.


emotions; children’s literature; anthropomorphized animals; humans


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