While distributing at Santa Monica Promenade in Southern California I approached a man with three boys (triplets, eight years old).
When I offered the book to him, he said, "No money, I'm not giving you any money."
I said, "OK. I'll just show them to you."
I said to the boys while showing the changing bodies illustration, "Where are all of you in this line up here?"
They all pointed to different places where they thought they were.
Then I showed them the three modes of nature picture, wherein strings are attached to the workers, and asked them, "Are you in the mode of goodness, passion or ignorance?"
They all said, "Ignorance."
The father laughed. Then I showed them the picture of Narada Muni instructing Vyasadeva in the Himalayas.
I asked the boys, "Have you been to the Himalayas yet?"
"No," one said, "but when my father gets a private jet we'll all go."
Then the father said, "This is interesting, how much do you want for these books?"
He gave a nice donation and took the books, though in the beginning he was very opposed to getting them.
Srila Prabhupada was brilliant in everything he did, especially his books. He wanted pictures in the books because everyone likes pictures, especially when there is a message in the art. No doubt there are many ways to distribute books, but I figure Prabhupada put the pictures in his books for a reason: so that people will be attracted to them and thus to Krsna. So I'm a regular picture shower.