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. Volume IX Number 12. . . . February 14, 2003
"Whoaaa signs, signs, everywhere a sign" - this line from the chorus of The Five Man Electrical Band's Canadian rock classic flashed to mind as my eyes delighted in Zoran Milich's interesting and colourful photographs of day-to-day life in the city. In City Signs, award-winning, photojournalist Milich captures everyday moments that will rivet the attention of young children: a police car, a fire truck heading out of the station, an ambulance rushing by, buses, a miniature train, a horse in the park, a lifeguard at the swimming pool, a sandy beach, an ice cream cone, a pizza, a fruit market, a car wash, a bicycle, construction work - and the always-familiar, final "stop" sign. All of Milich's child-intriguing pairs of photo images display boldly written signs in their natural environment, making them highly predictable reading material for young children who would not normally see themselves as readers.
Becoming a reader is not just about recognizing letters and words, it is about knowing that print is meaningful. City Signs will be a wonderful resource for parents and early childhood educators as they invite young children to talk about what they see in the simplicity of the 30 photographs, make connections to their own lives and stories, and explore literacy learning in a lively and relevant context. This clever book will entice little ones to experience the thrills of the city from within the safety and comfort of non-fiction, bedtime viewing and reading.
Wayne Serebrin teaches Language and Literacy in the Faculty of Education, the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB.
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