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Children's LiteratureThe authors of this resource guide for preschool teachers state in their introduction: "Literacy is a developmental process, it is understanding concepts and applying them to the world.... Dramatic play and literacy go hand in hand with activities that address the needs, skills, and interests of the children in your classroom." Hundreds of ideas on how to incorporate literacy in dramatic play follow this introduction. The authors have divided the book into eight chapters: occupations, home, nature, science, stores, transportation, performers, and literary. Within each chapter, there are anywhere from four to nine specific dramatic play themes to present in the classroom. Each theme is detailed so that the teacher can recognize the literacy applications and objectives within it. Furthermore, spotlight words, open-ended questions to present, materials, props lists, setup and book-making suggestions, extension activities, and literacy resources are indicated. An appendix at the end of the book contains many of the suggested materials within each theme. There is very little left to the imagination of the teacher. This can be a relief to those that have appreciated the dynamic learning opportunities in dramatic play centers but have been unsure how to present them. Others who have been incorporating dramatic play in their classroom will use this book to enhance their already established centers. There is a children's book index and a general index at the end of the book. 2004, Gryphon House, Ages adult.
—Andrea Sears Andrews