Classic tales with AAC – The wizard of Oz

Product: Book

ISBN: 978-88-590-1723-3

Publication date: 01/11/2018

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


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 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: 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

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.