Join Cassie, the main character from the Caldecott Honor picture book Tar Beach, as she takes us on a tour of her home, neighborhood, and school. Dozens of words are introduced with clear labels throughout. Young readers will love the simple story line, and they'll relish the beautifully designed pages, each with its own quilt motif. This bright, boldly colored book will attract even the youngest lookers, and the words will teach pre-reading skills to slightly older children. For ages 3-6.
Dr. Short is a division director at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a teacher, trainer, researcher, and curriculum/materials developer. Her work at CAL has concentrated on the integration of language learning with content-area instruction. Through several national projects, she has conducted research and provided professional development and technical assistance to local and state education agencies across the United States. She directed the ESL Standards and Assessment Project for TESOL and co-developed the SIOP model for sheltered instruction.
Dr. Tinajero specializes in staff development and school-university partnership programs and has consulted with school districts in the U.S. to design ESL, bilingual, literacy, and bi-literacy programs. She has served on state and national advisory committees for standards development, including the English as a New Language Advisory Panel of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and the Texas Reading Academies. She is currently professor of Education and Interim Dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso and was President of the National Association for Bilingual Education, 1997-2000.
Dr. Schifini assists schools across the nation and around the world in developing comprehensive language and literacy programs for English learners. He has worked as an ESL teacher, reading specialist, school administrator and university professor. Through an arrangement with California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, Dr. Schifini currently serves as program consultant to two large teacher-training efforts in the area of reading for second language speakers of English. His research interests include early literacy and language development and the integration of language and content-area instruction.
“This is a wordbook, but much more. A wonderful vehicle for one-on-one sharing and classroom use.”—School Library Journal
“Vibrant and friendly, this will make pre-reading skill development fun.”—Booklist
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