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November 19 , 2008

The Book of The Animals - Episode 1 (Bilingual English-Portuguese)

These Animals... Don't Want to Wash!


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Well... it seems that these animals don’t want to wash! But step by step, each one discovers that washing their feet, their hands and their teeth is really very important for the animals, as well as for the children!

A funny way to learn and a funny way to teach. As everyone knows how difficult it can be to explain to young children how important it is to wash...

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What are certainly the most occurring moments in a parent’s life? When their child doesn’t want to wash, eat, sleep, go to school, share, take medicine, get vaccinated... And what can a parent answer to these refusals?
The successful “Book of The Animals” bilingual children’s books series was created with the aim to help both parents and children to discover the benefits of washing, eating, sleeping, going to school, sharing, taking medicine, getting vaccinated... in a fun as well as educational manner. Since the books are also bilingual, parents will enjoy the teaching and the interactivity they can gain from reading them with their children.

The books are geared towards children aged 2-5, before elementary/primary school.
They will likely be bilingual children whose parents want to encourage the learning of their two current languages.
They will also be children whose parents want to teach a language at a young age.
Some teachers have also been using the books of the series as a way to teach a second language to children, with themes easy for them to both understand and memorise.

There are currently seven books in the series.
Each episode brings on new animals, new words, new situations and new stories.
- Ep.1. “These Animals... Don't Want to Wash!” (2008)
- Ep.2. “These Animals... Don't Want to Eat!” (2009)
- Ep.3. “These Animals... Don't Want to Sleep!” (2010)
- Ep.4. “These Animals... Don't Want to Go to School!” (2011)
- Ep.5. “These Animals... Don't Want to Share!” (2011)
- Ep.6. “These Animals... Don't Want to Take their Medicine!” (2012)
- Ep.7. “These Animals... Don't Want to Get Vaccinated!” (2012)

The books are all available in either bilingual or monolingual versions:
- Bilingual versions: English-French, English-Portuguese, English-Italian, English-Spanish, English-Swedish, English-Creole, English-Japanese...
More versions still to come!
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"The Book of the Animals is a planned series of illustrated books for young children. [...] These delightful books tell the story of what happens when the animals in the stories, like many young children, don’t want to eat and don’t want to wash...
The books are very suitable both for reading to young children and for older children to use to learn to read in both languages. They might even persuade them to wash and eat their dinner!
The repetitive structure is supportive of children learning new words and the illustrations work well alongside the text to help understanding of unfamiliar words.
I can easily imagine young children demanding repeat readings and enjoying learning the text by heart as many children do with favourite stories. Children learning to make up and write their own stories might well want to write a personalised version, using the structure as a prop.
I think the stories would work well both in the home and in the classroom."
(Review published in The Cass School of Education, by Dr Raymonde Sneddon, Research Fellow for “The Cass School of Education” at the University of East London, and Honorary Research Fellow of Birkbeck College, in the Department of Applied Linguistics)

‘The Book of The Animals’ series is supported & recommended by ABRIR UK, a Brazilian Association for Educational Projects in the United Kingdom.

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