Sometimes when I feel like breaking out of my daily routine and taking off somewhere, I open the 'pictures' folder and look at all the pictures taken while traveling. That's my way of being on a time machine and the journey back to the good old days only takes a few minutes. I strongly believe the power of picture, which sometimes tells more than words. The two pictures on page 152, "Village School" and "Children's Puppet Theatre" tell two different stories and I'd like to read those more closely from now on.
The first picture, "Village School" gives a dark image and a heavy atmosphere on the whole. Since more than a half of the space is dark and children are wearing mostly dusky colors, their faces look distinct from the background and that make eyes lay on their facial expressions. They are not smiling; rather do they look serious and quiet. 13 children are sitting in pews and they're all facing forward. It looks like something weighty has happened for sure, such as being scolded by their teacher or being at the very moment just before taking an exam. This picture makes me curious what has happened.
The next picture, "Children's Puppet Theatre" is full of children. They're watching at a puppet show and they all look interested. Compared to the previous picture, children in this one have every different reaction. The boy right in the middle is crying something out loudly. He may yell at a horrifying character to go away. Two little girl standing in front of him are totally scared. A girl on the left is also yelling as if she's encountering a ghost or Frankenstein. On the right side of her, there's a girl putting her left arm around her brother-like younger boy's shoulder. She must be so shocked that she is stunned into silence. Her brother looks less surprised and the boy on the left side of the picture is putting his hands over his ears trying not to hear any frightful sound. Children behind these kids have similar but slightly different expressions, and that is why this picture is interesting to take a look at.
The two pictures have in common. Children are about the same age and they all face the same direction. However, the atmosphere is very dissimilar, serious versus exciting. "Village School" only has boys and they're all seated in a quiet room. Children in "Children's Puppet Theatre" are mixed with boys and girls, and they're outside with loud noise. Since they're all naïve, pure little kids without hiding their feelings, reading two stories behind the scene is not that hard.