Touch and Feel Abc Book
This is a ‘touch and feel’ early literacy text designed to teach the alphabet. It reflects the development of sensory play and play learning in early childhood education and of multi-sensory approaches to teaching reading. The description on the back cover refers to the text as an ‘alphabet play-book’. Advances in book publishing allowed for the introduction of tangible, interactive elements in books for very young children. Each of the letters in this text (which are not capitalized) are rendered in felt material so that young children can touch the letter and trace its outline while looking at the related words and pictures. Each letter is presented in a different and bright colour. Some of the words are accompanying simple one syllable words like ‘cake’ and ‘dog’ but others are more advanced: ‘acrobat’ for ‘a’, ‘elephant’ for ‘e’ and ‘xylophone’ for ‘x’. Most pages contain two letters with an accompanying word and illustration. The letters ‘e’ and ‘f’, however, are spread over a double page. A large illustration of an elephant looks down on a small frog. The illustrations are by the award-winning children’s picture book illustrator, Margaret Chamberlain. They are bright and cheerful; the animals and human characters are shown smiling; and humour is used.
Pictures by Margaret Chamberlain
Place of Publication:
Methuen Children’s Books Ltd
Date of Publication:
16p. : col.ill. ; 28cm.
Alphabet Book, Literacy, Sensory Play, Play Learning, Humour
General Catalogue (Children’s Literature) - TCD