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The Wizard of Oz

The Easy Classics told by Carlo Scataglini

Product: Book

Trim size in cm: 15x21

Pages: 130 colorful pages

ISBN: 978-88-590-1577-2

Publication date: 01/05/2018

Suitable for: Primary 1st level (ages 6-7), Primary 2nd level (ages 8-10)


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Happiness is the best thing in the world.

Who has not heard the famous words of the Tin Woodman in the Wizard of Oz, the great tale by Lyman Frank Baum? The adventures of Dorothy — who, having been swept away by a tornado and trying to find a way to get back home, meets extraordinary characters and visits extraordinary places — are re-presented in a simplified version for all children, with unique reading support.  It comes complete with fun games and activities which consolidate text comprehension.
A literary classic for children to read, share and also listen to as an audiobook.

The new edition of “The Wizard of Oz” offers completely new graphics with illustrations by Giulia Orecchia, the same illustrator of “The Wizard of Oz” from the “Classic Tales with AAC” (coming out soon) series.  By using a uniform illustration style, we have tried to create a link between the two books.  In this way, they can be used by children with different needs in the same class context, leading to a more inclusive perspective.
A sample of the new illustrations is available upon request for those who wish to preview them.

The books in the «Easy Classics» series re-present literary classics for children, with simplifications which help children to read and understand by themselves.
Visual support – the text contains visual support, amongst which: a picture at the start of each chapter which recalls the illustrated index, pictures of any new characters in that chapter, highlighting in bold font of new characters in the story.
Lexis: basic vocabulary is used and difficult words and idioms in each chapter are highlighted in two different colours, with their meanings given at the end.
Syntax: the text is made up of short phrases and simple subordinate and coordinate clauses, subjects are made explicit as far as possible and affirmative, active verb forms are used, with the indicative mood predominating.
Organisation of contents: at the start of the book there is an illustrated index of the chapters, whilst at the start of each chapter summaries of the events which happened in the previous chapter and the events which are about to happen are given.
Audio: the reader can listen to (and follow) the text of the story told by a narrator, by using the QR-codes found at the beginning of each chapter or from Online resources on the Erickson site, by entering the access code given on the last page of the book.


CHAPTER 1: The tornado

CHAPTER 2: The Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman

CHAPTER 3: The Cowardly Lion

CHAPTER 4: In the Emerald City

CHAPTER 5: The Wicked Witch of the West

CHAPTER 6: The Revelation of the Terrible Wizard of Oz

CHAPTER 7: Brain, heart and courage

CHAPTER 8: The village made of porcelain

CHAPTER 9: The King of the Animals

CHAPTER 10: The return home

GAMES AND ACTIVITIES



Here come the Easy Classics: books for all children

 

The Easy Classics told by Carlo Scataglini is a new Erickson series which renders literary classics for children suitable for all, thanks to a series of simplifications which help children to read and understand the stories.

 

«Amongst the literary classics for children and teenagers are several masterpieces which have inspired and brought together older and younger generations. They are wonderful, timeless stories for all ages and they belong to everyone. I thought that facilitating and simplifying the most well-known stories could make reading as independent as possible».

Carlo Scataglini

THE BOOKS OF THE SERIES

Each book of the series “Easy Classics” is enriched with several beautiful illustrations that are reproduced, title by title, also in the series “Classic Tales with AAC”), so that the books of the two series can be used by children with different needs in the same class context, leading to a more inclusive perspective.

 

«Where do you live?» – «Second star on the right and then straight until morning…»

«Wake up, Alice! What a long sleep you've had!»

«Happiness is the best thing in the world.»

«The essential is invisible to the eye.»

«Once upon a time there was a piece of wood.»

TOGETHER WITH THE STORY EACH BOOK CONTAINS...

An illustrated index to find your way through the chapters

A presentation of the story characters  

A summary of what has happened before

A preview of what is about to happen

Blue-printed difficult words definitions

Brown-printed explanations of idioms

Downloadable audio files to listen to the story

Fun games and activities

SIMPLIFICATION CRITERIA

Visual support: the text contains visual support, amongst which you can find: a picture at the beginning of each chapter which recalls the illustrated index, pictures of all the characters in that chapter, together with the new characters in the story (highlighted in bold font).

Lexis: a basic/simple vocabulary is used and difficult words and idioms of each chapter are highlighted in two different colors, with their meanings explained at the end.

Syntax: the text is made up of short sentences and simple subordinate and coordinate clauses, subjects are made explicit as far as possible and affirmative, active verb forms are used, with the indicative mood predominating.

Organisation of contents: an illustrated index of the chapters at the beginning of the book, whilst at the beginning of each chapter readers are provided with summaries of the events which happened in the previous chapter and with the ones which are about to happen.

Audio: the reader can listen to (and follow) the text of the story told by a narrator, by using the QR-codes available at the beginning of each chapter or as online resources, by entering the access code given in the last page of the book.