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Classic tales with AAC – Alice in Wonderland

Product: Book

ISBN: 978-88-590-1722-6

Publication date: 01/11/2018

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


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Alice generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it).

Who is not familiar with this famous quote from Alice in Wonderland, the extraordinary tale by Lewis Carroll?
The adventures of Alice—who, upon following the rabbit down the rabbit hole, finds herself in an extraordinary world— are represented here as an IN-book, in other words a richly illustrated book which is based on the text of the Easy Classics series and integrated with Augmentative and Alternative Communication  (AAC) symbols.
A literary classic for children to read, share and also listen to, as an audiobook.


CHAPTER 1 – Down the Rabbit Hole
CHAPTER 2 – The Pool of Tears
CHAPTER 3 – A Caucus Race
CHAPTER 4 – At the White Rabbit’s House
CHAPTER 5 - Alice Meets a Caterpillar and a Strange Duchess
CHAPTER 6 – A Mad Tea Party
CHAPTER 7 – The Queen’s Croquet Ground
CHAPTER 8 – The Mock Turtle and the Griffin
CHAPTER 9 – At the Trail
CHAPTER 10 – Alice’s Dream



The Classics with AAC

 

The Classics with AAC are the inbook versions of Easy Classics by Carlo Scataglini.

Inbooks come from the need to facilitate ways of listening to audio versions of illustrated books. They are aimed mainly at children and youths with communication problems but can be used, starting with the «Born to read» experiences, by all children.

Particular attention is given to the narrative quality: the words and the emotions that are stirred within us with the narration help us not only put ourselves in others' shoes but they are also an essential step in the creation of thoughts and, over time, of narratives too, thus strengthening relationships and learning. When such a pleasurable and important experience is lacking or is limited, we lose precious sustenance for our hearts and minds.


 

Moving from inbook versions of illustrated books for nursery-aged children to inbook versions of books for older children or even of the classics is not an easy feat. The risk of falling into the trap of trivialising or simplifying too much to the detriment of the original narrative strength is high. The Easy Classics by Carlo Scataglini are an important bridge. They are linear but they maintain integrity and energy; they are simple yet rich at the same time. This mediation guarantees both easy reading and the opportunity of translation into faithful symbols and a rich vocabulary which renders inbooks capable of thrilling youngsters of all ages.

WHAT IS AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION?

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is «an area of clinical practice which aims to compensate temporary and permanent disabilities of people with complex communicative needs» (ASHA, 2005). The adjective «Augmentative» is not meant to suggest a substitution for natural communication but a way of augmenting it by using all the individual's competences, including vocalisations or existing verbal language, gestures, signs and communication with aids and advanced technology.

These books are inbooks

It is a book translated into symbols, which comes from the need to facilitate ways of listening to audio versions of illustrated books for children and youths. The inbook model is edited by Centro Studi Inbook csinbook.eu, which ensures consistency and its development. It has the following characteristics:

  • fidelity to the narrative thread and to the dialogue between text and pictures in the original book;
  • a system of symbols which have their own rules of composition including writing entire sentences in symbols (including articles, pronouns, conjunctions etc.);
  • multi-modal representation: each symbol comprises a graphic element and an alphabetical element in lower case, which is printed above. Both elements are contained in a box which gives them visual unity;
  • black and white symbols, as is common practice in texts;
  • the use of modelling in reading: when reading you point out the symbols one by one, ensuring you don't cover either the picture or the symbol with your finger, whilst maintaining narration speed and rhythm.

In this way the symbol is associated to the word that is read aloud and those listening can follow the text more easily. You can find videos showing examples of reading with modelling on the Centro Studi Inbook site.