I'm turning to a series that we've not featured before here on Ladybird Tuesday for this week's entry. Series 622, Books for Toddlers is a set of seven books which was created because Ladybird realised just how popular their Early Learning books were for both children and parents. I'm yet to find an original copy of the first book in the series, The Ladybird a-b-c, and from what I've read it may be hard to find one. It's one of their most popular books though and has been reprinted and reissued many times. The rest of the series is six books (imaginatively titled Book 1 through to Book 6) which are all on Sounds and Pictures.
Last week I picked up a perfect condition copy of Book 4 in my local charity shop and that's what I'm featuring here today.
The idea behind these books is that learning the alphabet on its own is fine, but you need to know how letters sound when they are combined together to really be able to pronounce words.
Each double page covers one letter combination sound (or on a couple of pages two) and gives a prime example of it in use, backed up with a picture of the object in question. Other examples are also provided, along with pictures of other objects for the child to name that again use the same sound.
Little Miss C is just learning to read and knows nearly all the letters now and how they sound. She's wanting to read whole words and we're just starting to get into that bit of confusion about how a word doesn't necessarily sound like all the individual letters in it. In other words, we ready for exactly what this book is trying to help teach children. I've already got a battered copy of Book 2, but it might be time to cave in and search eBay for the rest in the series!
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