A word on the blackboard gives rise to a bunch of associated words, in two languages – one familiar, and a translation in a less familiar one. Along with the vivid pictures, these form verbal and visual clues – stepping stones for many stories children can develop on their own and learn a language. A list at the end helps them remember the new words. This series of bilingual books encourages children to ‘Imagine Words’ and build vocabulary with the aid of pictures in a storytelling setting.
The illustrations are a winner and make these books stand out... In Blackboard, the black-and-white chalk drawings, amazing in their simplicity, are sharply contrasted by the eye-catching, complex coloured drawings on the following page. I couldn’t recommend these two books enough—they are an absolute godsend for repatriated parents like myself struggling to help their children ‘fit in’ to their new surroundings and for expat ones wanting to keep their children in touch with their language and cultural roots... Goodbooks.in