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Thursday, December 08, 2011

Moving Ahead Series: Goin' on a Bear Hunt, Splish the Fish, The Boy and the Wolf, and Turtle and Rabbit

Storybooks designed to be the next step for students who have had experience with simple tactile representations such as those in APH's On the Way to Literacy Series. Moving Ahead storybooks introduce symbolic representation, more complex illustrations, and an increased emphasis on text. These read-aloud books combine tactile pictures, print/braille text, and a fun story.

Goin' on a Bear Hunt

Goin' on a Bear Hunt Goin' on a Bear Hunt is the first title in this series. In the process of hunting for the bear, the reader follows a tactile line through the "tall grass," up a "hill," etc. until the child reaches the "cave" and then back home again. At the end of the book is a fold-out tactile "map" to use in retelling the story. The book's illustrations include braille words provided on customer-applied labels, allowing the reader to choose contracted or uncontracted braille.
The Reader's Guide, (braille edition sold separately) contains general information about both literacy and tactile graphics, tips on using Bear Hunt, and additional resources. Recommended ages: Pre-K to 3rd grade.
Goin' on a Bear Hunt (Print/Braille, Large Print Reader's Guide):
Catalog Number: 6-77903-00

Goin' on a Bear Hunt Reader's Guide only, braille: Catalog Number: 6-77907-00
Click this link to purchase Goin' on a Bear Hunt.

Splish the Fish

Splish the Fish This read-aloud rhyming story features simple raised-line symbols representing Splish and his friends embedded in an areal pattern representing the ocean. The child tactually searches for Splish and helps him find his way back to his friends. An accompanying storyboard with hook/loop material-backed pieces permits the child to retell the story.

Splish the Fish Print/Braille Book with Large Print Reader's Guide:
Catalog Number: 6-77902-00

Splish Reader's Guide only, Braille:
Catalog Number: 6-77906-00
Click this link to purchase Splish the Fish.

The Boy and the Wolf

This rhyming story features a twist on the classic tale of the boy who cried wolf. Simple raised line symbols represent the Wolf, the Boy, and his small flock of sheep. As the story is read, the child is invited to tactually search the page for these characters, to count and compare like and different pairs of sheep, and notice differing orientations. The story and its graphics introduce a variety of concepts: left, right, top, bottom, near, far, first, last. A simple key presents the symbols used in the book. Includes a storyboard and symbols for the story’s characters, which permit the child to create his own tactile displays. As the child retells the story using the storyboard, he gains understanding of how tactile graphics can be used to symbolize objects and show spatial position.
Recommended ages: Preschool through 2nd grade.
Click this link to purchase The Boy and the Wolf.

Turtle and Rabbit

Turtle and Rabbit is the fourth title in the Moving Ahead Series and is a retelling of the classic tale about the race between the tortoise and the hare, which shows that the race is not always won by the swiftest. Simple raised-line symbols represent the main characters (Turtle and Rabbit) and several secondary characters. The tactile illustrations allow the child to follow the progress of the race by tracking from left to right along the raised lines of Turtle (smooth, thin line) and Rabbit (wide, dotted line).
As the story is read, the child is invited to tactually search the page for these characters, and to track and compare each racer's position. The story and its graphics introduce a variety of concepts: left, right, top, bottom, near, far, first, last, fast, slow, start, finish. A simple key presents the symbols used in the book.
The accompanying storyboard and symbols for the story's characters (hook/loop material-backed pieces) permit the child to create his or her own tactile displays as he or she retells the story. As the story is being retold, the child gains an understanding of how tactile graphics can be used to symbolize objects and show spatial position.
Recommended ages: Preschool through 2nd grade.
Click this link to purchase Turtle and Rabbit.

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