“Remember to talk and act like a Cave Kiddo,” Eric Jay Cash reminds the reader in his children’s book, A Sunny Day.
~ What ~
Part of the Cave Kiddos series, this unnumbered fourteen-page paperback targets preschool to early elementary school-aged children, especially those with delayed speaking and reading issues. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, it would best be read out loud. Simplistic but colorful and expressive illustrations cover the pages.
In this sophomoric tale set in Paleolithic times, the Cave Kiddos are outside their cave on a sunny day. After Alk declares, “Waaa,” and Haha and Lala repeat it, Zee replies with the word “Ter.” With the sun getting hotter, the girls carry bowls of water, setting them down infront of the cave, again repeating the word, “Wa,” several times. Zee pipes in “Ter” again and everyone shouts, “Water!” drinking it as they cool off.
~ Why ~
For some beginner speakers and new readers, talking and reading can be challenging and confusing. Although the book is simplistic, it takes one word and breaks it down by syllable, repetitively showing the division. I like the excitement built when the kids understand the word means water.
~ Why Not ~
The book may seem silly or inconsequential to advanced readers, but it is targeted toward those that have speaking and reading disabilities. Some may think the story is not too long, but it may interest those with short attention spans.
~ Who ~
Being fascinated with speech and developmental learning raising his children, Cash is dedicated to helping others learn to speak and read. He lives in New York with his wife and two children.
~ Wish ~
With the concept of breaking down a word into to syllables and working with them individually through repetition, it would be thoughtful to have more books available that use this theory in teaching a language.
~ Want ~
This innocuous cave-kids story written using mainly the word “water” will help teach slow learners and speakers about pronunciation through repetition by several fun Cave Kiddos.
Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book to read and review.
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