Experienced speech pathologist Sue Carolane and her herd of nine alpacas teach the alphabet in a way that supports developing reading skills. My favourite letter is ‘N’, as Nosy Petra comes right up to the camera to see what is going on, although it is hard to resist Geisha’s big wide yawn for ‘Y’ or Manuel sucking on the gumboot for 'G'.
The book is divided into two sections. The first is a detailed account of the mechanics of learning how to read and explanation of why emphasising the sound of each letter as it is learned rather than the name of the letter is so important. Sue offers extensive instructions on how to best use Aa is for Alpacas to support children with their developing reading skills.
Of course, the book also functions simply as an enjoyable and interesting introduction to the alphabet. Most people have little opportunity to interact with or learn about alpacas, and the endearing appearance of the animals creates an appealing collection of photographs to illustrate each letter. Sue has also included some basic information about alpacas and her affection for her own herd comes through clearly.
Aa is for Alpacas is a great resource for parents who want to understand how they can lay the foundations for good literacy skills for their child. It is also a wonderful introduction to a fascinating animal that is sure to appeal to young children.
Title: Aa is for Alpacas
Author: Sue Carolane
Publisher: JoJo Publishing, $16.99 RRP
Publication Date: February 2014
For ages: 4-7
Type: Picture Book