Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Topic: Concept Books for Young Readers

10-second review: Concept books are picture books explaining and extending the concept. Some examples: weather, the city, transportation, colors, etc.

Title: “Children’s Literature: A Source of Concept Enrichment.” MA Hall and J Matanza. Elementary English (April 1975), 487-494. Elementary English was later replaced as the elementary school journal for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) by Language Arts.

Summary/Quote: “The term ‘concept book’ as used by Huck and Kuhn denotes a books which describes dimensions of an abstract idea…. The books seldom have plots; the child’s interest is held by the skilled presentation of information and by the illustrations.” P. 487.

The authors then present an annotated review of concept books for the following topics: environment; numbers; ourselves; shapes, sizes and measures; sound; time and seasons; transportation and words.

Comment: Background information that will serve well in reading in different subjects. RayS.

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