Thursday, September 7, 2017
Book Review: 'Learning My Words A-Z' by Piaras O Cionnaoith
Irish author /poet Píaras O Cíonnaoith has published many books - from children’s and adult poetry to books on anger management, genealogy, sexuality, food, stress and tracing Irish roots. Each of his books suggests this is a lad with a fine—tuned sense of humor. Now he steps into the instructor role with four delightful books on teaching youngsters drawing, letters, words and the alphabet.
In his Introductory comments for this book of poetry MAGIC POETRY he stated, ‘The art of Poetry is a subject we learn from a very young age, and provides us with a better knowledge of literature, rhyme scheming, reading skills, and writing skills as well! A child's imagination is something that seems to fade away as we age, but this book will keep that fire alive!’ And now Piaras steps forward to support that concept with teaching. And finding joy and a fresh look on imagination is what Piaras shares in this beautifully illustrated collection of rhyming poems. But let the works speak for themselves.
With a very wise technique of utilizing images to represent letters, both capital and small case letters, Piaras adds a spectrum of images whose spelling depends on both cases of letters, making this a doubly informative teaching guide and information center. Each letter is represented by objects (Aa is the first letter for Apple, Alligator, Anchor, Astronaut, Aeroplane, Ee is the starting letter for Earth, Eggs, Elephant, etc). By using familiar objects children know Piaras expands the spectrum of how the letter can be used. It is so well presented that the steps are easy for a child to assimilate and enjoy. Excellent illustrations make this not only a learning experience but also a visual delight.
It is a pleasure to encounter a poet/author/artist who can hypnotize children’s attention and learning skills. Prepare for hours of joy! Grady Harp, June 17
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