Classic tales with AAC – Peter Pan

Carlo Scataglini

Product: Book

Trim size in cm: 24x31cm

Pages: 132

ISBN: 978-88-590-1928-2

Publication date: 01/09/2019


With scientific supervision from the Augmentative Communication Supranational Centre

Illustrated by Giuseppe Braghiroli

Translated into symbols by Roberta Palazzi

 «Where do you live?» – «The second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning…»

Who doesn’t remember Peter Pan’s famous phrase in the wonderful story by James Matthew Barrie, which is still read all over the world today? The story of Peter Pan has been revived in the IN-book version: written with the symbols of Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC). A classic from children’s literature becomes the heritage of all children, to share and even listen to as an audiobook, thanks to the .mp3 files available for free download.

CHAPTER 1 – Peter’s shadow
CHAPTER 2 – In flight with Peter
CHAPTER 3 – The island of Neverland becomes real
CHAPTER 4 – The underground house
CHAPTER 5 – The mermaids’ lagoon
CHAPTER 6 – The happy house
CHAPTER 7 – The children are kidnapped
CHAPTER 8 – The pirate ship
CHAPTER 9 – “This time it’s either Hook or me”
CHAPTER 10 – The return home

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.


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, 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.