Four-year-old Joshua challenges his father to a game: Can he come downstairs before Joshua writes the word to? Rachel, two and a half, makes a series of wavy lines on a piece of paper and calls it a 'thank-you letter to Grandma.' In Early Literacy Joan McLane and Gillian McNamee explore the ways young children like Joshua and Rachel begin to learn about written language.
A clear and concise discussion of young children's growth toward literacy, with examples of the contexts (home, neighborhood, preschool, etc.) that encourage and enhance that growth. Paper edition (unseen), $7.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)