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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Moving Ahead: Tactile Graphic Storybooks

This print/braille storybook series helps bridge the gap to abstract tactile graphics.

Moving Ahead: Tactile Graphic Storybooks are designed to be the next step for preschool and kindergarten students who have had some experience with simple tactile representations, such as those in APH's On the Way to Literacy series. Three Moving Ahead books are now available: The Boy and the Wolf, Splish the Fish, and Goin' on a Bear Hunt.

While On the Way to Literacy storybooks use real objects, molded images, and simple raised outlines, Moving Ahead storybooks introduce symbolic representation, more complex illustrations, and an increased emphasis on text by combining tactile pictures, print/braille text, and a fun story. Each read-aloud book invites the child to have fun while listening to the story and exploring its tactile pictures and print/braille text.

With Moving Ahead, students will:

  • Explore tactile illustrations with varying levels of detail
  • Track varying types of lines and intersecting lines
  • Encounter tactile symbols, simple keys, and maps
  • Discover braille words embedded in the graphics and locate the same word in the text
  • Increase comprehension by using the fold-out map/storyboard to retell the story and create their own tactile displays

Each storybook includes a Large Print Reader's Guide (braille edition sold separately) that contains general information, tips on using the storybook, and additional resources. Also included are braille words on customer-applied labels, allowing the reader to choose contracted or uncontracted braille.

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.

The Boy and the Wolf:
Catalog Number: 6-77900-00
Click this link to purchase Moving Ahead: The Boy and the Wolf, Print-Braille Book with Large Print Reader's Guide.

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