One for me, one for you

Reading Workshops

August 11, 1999|By Susan Rapp | Susan Rapp,Village Reading Center

Perhaps you've been enjoying reading aloud to your child, ands he has chimed in from time to time in an attempt to read just like you do. Now, with an innovative series of storybooks titled "We Both Read," both parent and child can take turns reading pages aloud. This series includes both original stories and classics such as "Jack and the Beanstalk," "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Frog Prince" and Beatrix Potter's "The Tales of Peter Rabbit." The reading levels from kindergarten through grade 3. The unique feature of these storybooks is that the left-handed pages are designed for the parent or caregiver to read. The vocabulary is more sophisticated and the sentence structure is written with a more literary style. The right-handed pages are specifically developed for the child and continue the story with easy vocabulary and plenty of repetition. Each page advances the story so the child's page is just as important to the tale as the adult's. Occasionally, words on the parent's side are repeated on the child's page in bold type for emphasis.

Research supports that parents who read aloud to their children are modeling the fluency, intonation and enjoyment of good literature that promotes development of reading skills. The "shared reading" concept not only helps early readers with language and reading skills, but strengthens the bond between those who experience these stories together.

The books are published by Treasure Bay and have been awarded the Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products for 1998 (www.drtoy.com). Most are available in local bookstores and children's specialty stores for $7.99 (hardcover) and $3.99 (paperback), or by calling 415-883-3530.

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