Sunday, July 16, 2017

Using Picture Books for Primary School Readers

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When the children were younger, we read picture books with them. The children were engaged by the beautiful and vivid illustrations, and the pictures helped them to visualise what was going on in the story. 

Our children are now in primary school, but we did not put away our old picture books, because we see the values of the picture books to our children. While the language in the picture books is now too simple for them, the pictures empower and inspire their creativity.

Recently, we received two award-winning picture books from Scholastic for review purpose - The First Journey and Wandering Off . The former was the winner of The Scholastic Picture Book Award 2015, while the later one was a finalist.

Let's share with you how we used these two picture books to educate our children:

The First Journey

Author: Phung Nguyen Quang & Huynh Kim Kien
ISBN: 9789810992736
About this book:
During the Mekong Delta's "floating season", when the great river overflows, An and others like him must brave the floods to attend school. When An sets out on his own for the first time, he faces heavy rain and the mysteries of the dark Melaleuca swamp. Although strange dangers lurk in the water, An takes comfort in knowing that his friends are waiting for him at the end of his first journey alone.

How to use this book for primary school readers:
  • Discuss the different way of life of children in Vietnam and Singapore
  • Discuss the qualities of An, and why these qualities are important
  • Create a boat using recycled materials e.g. straws, cardboard

Wandering Off

Author: Wendy Aw 
ISBN: 9789810992743
About this book:
Lucas faces a long, boring wait when his Mum goes shopping at the wet market, but a new friend helps him turn a dull afternoon into an exciting, fun-filled one. This energetic and colourful story celebrates the power of the imagination and how it can transform the world into anything at all.

How to use this book for primary school readers:
  • Discuss examples of daydreams that the children had
  • Discuss what the children would like to do with no one stopping him, and why

Disclaimer: We received the books from Scholastic Asia for review purpose. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions and photos are mine. 

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