Reading in the heat

Posted on 23rd July 2013 by simonbeattie

I’m always drawn to books for teaching children to read.  This one seems apt this week, with its being so hot: Calo et Lili apprennent à lire, a book specially designed for use in the French territories of the Pacific, published in Nouméa (the capital of the Melanesian island of New Caledonia) in 1962.

Aside from the illustrations, by Suzanne Manniquant, I like the fact it uses settings and words local children would understand: copra (the dried kernel of the coconut), taro (root vegetable), the paperbark tree (niaouli), the she-oak filao, Goliath Imperial Pigeon (notou; a bird endemic to New Caledonia), etc.

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