Carlos is a cartoon animal who wants to learn to write his name. His friends Freda and Ajay know how to write theirs, while Percy draws a picture of himself. Carlos asks his mother to help him and she tells him what letters to write. The alphabet is printed in both upper and lower case under the picture so children can see the letters. First Carlos learns part of his name (Car) and starts drawing pictures of cars and he and his friends play cars when he shows them that part of his name. After a lot of practice, he is able to write his whole name. The book is one of a series of "I See I Learn" books written by Murphy, a visual learning specialist. They are designed to teach cognitive skills to pre-kindergarten children. Each book of the series contains two pages called "A Closer Look" with activities and questions to lead to further information and help with the subject matter. In this book there is a page of the alphabet which can be traced for practice and it challenges children to learn to write the names of the rest of their family after they learn theirs. It is an excellent book for parents to use to get children ready for school. Reviewer: Christine Cassello
Stuart J. Murphy, author of the award-winning MathStart books (HarperCollins), has developed a new series for Charlesbridge: I SEE I LEARN®. The I SEE I LEARN® books feature simple stories and visual learning strategies to help young children learn important social, emotional, health and safety, and cognitive skills. Stuart, a visual learning specialist, has also served on the authorship teams of a number of major educational programs. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Stuart and his wife, Nancy, live in Boston, Massachusetts, near their children and three grandchildren, Jack, Madeleine, and Camille.