Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Topic: Concept Books for Young Readers

10-second review: Concept books are picture books explaining and extending a concept, some of which include weather, the city, transportation, colors, etc.

Title: “Children’s Literature: A Source of Concept Enrichment.” MA Hall and J Matanza. Elementary English (April 1975), pp. 487-494. Elementary English preceded the publication Language Arts, both publications of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

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

The authors then present an annotated review of concept books on the following topics: environment, numbers, ourselves, shapes, size and measures, sound, time and seasons, transportation, and words. You will be amazed at how interesting these concept books are.

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

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