Monday, December 20, 2010

Storytime: Table, Chair, Bear

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Today we read

On the inside of the jacket of this book it says that the book is a "playful introduction to languages" and while that may be true, this book can also double for a "first words" book for children who speak any of the 13! languages the book is written in. Familiar objects from childrens' environment are presented in simple pictures and along side each picture, the word for this object is provided in each language.

For children who are learning Arabic, or any of the other twelve languages, this book is helpful because it not only presents the name of the object written in each language, but it also provides the transliteration as well.  The last two pages are by far, the best part of the book (well for me..hehe). Colourful and playful, they are an invitation for exploration. And a nice way to start a game of "I Spy" with your infant or toddler *smile*.

So if the language spoken in your home is: Arabic, French, English, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Portuguese, Lao, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Cambodian or Navajo, and you have an infant, toddler or kindergartner who is still enjoying the fun of learning language, insha'Allaah, they might thoroughly enjoy 'Table, Chair, Bear'.

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