Kids Like Me... Learn ABCs

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Introducing the new children's series, KIDS LIKE ME . . .
Featuring adorable and diverse children with Down syndrome on every page, and many of their siblings too, these chunky, sturdy books are perfect for youngsters who are ready to start learning skills like their ABCs and colors.

KIDS LIKE ME . . . LEARN ABCs includes appealing photos of children with Down syndrome on a crisp white background, surrounded...
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Overview

Introducing the new children's series, KIDS LIKE ME . . .
Featuring adorable and diverse children with Down syndrome on every page, and many of their siblings too, these chunky, sturdy books are perfect for youngsters who are ready to start learning skills like their ABCs and colors.

KIDS LIKE ME . . . LEARN ABCs includes appealing photos of children with Down syndrome on a crisp white background, surrounded by colorful borders. Each child holds or interacts with an object that represents a letter of the alphabet. Surrounding images also show that letter in sign language, upper and lower case type, and an illustration of the featured object.

All children will enjoy this book, but children with Down syndrome will delight in seeing other kids just like them, having fun and learning about their ABCs.

For another book in the series, see KIDS LIKE ME . . . LEARN COLORS.

2009 Moonbeam Children's Book Award: Board Book/Cloth Book Category, Bronze Medal Winner!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Part of a board book series entitled "Kids Like Me," the focus is on children with special needs. The credentials of the author are printed on the back cover and the blurb notes that she is a Certified Child Life Specialist and advocate for children with Down Syndrome. The pages show the letter of the alphabet in upper and lower case, the object featured and the word naming it at the bottom of the page. The pages also feature colors and ASL signs for the letters. That is a lot of information crammed into a board book. Some examples include "c" for cookie, "d' for dinosaurs, "g" for glasses and "h" for hat. The book offers opportunities to name colors, learn the alphabet, to sign the alphabet and to talk about all the items in the photographs. This is a book that will resonate with its intended audience—special needs children—but it may overwhelm them. It is also useful in helping those who are not part of that group understand that these kids enjoy normal activities. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS—The youngsters depicted in these small, easy-to-handle concept books have facial features characteristic of children with Down syndrome. Their smiles engage readers and pull them into the simple contents. ABCs has one letter per page with a noun known to most preschoolers represented in several ways: a color photo of a child or children playing with, holding, wearing, or eating the item named (e.g., apple, balloon, hat), a simple graphic depiction of it in the outer border, the word and the letter in upper- and lowercase bold colors, and the letter in sign language. In Colors, the child wears a garment or holds a toy or common food representing the color. At the border the name of the color is written in both English and Spanish and is shown as a shape (e.g., a red square, orange circle, yellow triangle). In both books, boys and girls are represented, and they range in age from infancy to three or four years. These titles are clear and focused throughout and could appeal to any preschooler.—Wendy Smith-D'Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606130001
  • Publisher: Woodbine House
  • Publication date: 7/15/2009
  • Pages: 26
  • Sales rank: 343,528
  • Age range: 3 months - 4 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Ronay has worked in the field of child development for the past 15 years, and currently is a Certified Child Life Specialist with Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Laura lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three boys and enjoys being an advocate for her niece, Ella, and other children with Down Syndrome.

Jon Wayne Kishimoto is a professional photographer who works on commerical and editorial projects. He lives and works in San Francisco, California with his wife and two daughters.
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