“The Magic of Reading” is an informative and entertaining video on the value of reading Teaching-Stories to children. It includes a presentation of The Boy Without a Name.
Hoopoe Books Are Available in Four Bilingual Editions
Children whose primary language is not the language of instruction in school are more likely to drop out of school or fail in early grades. Research has shown that children’s first language is the optimal language for literacy and learning throughout primary school. (UNESCO, 2008a)
We provide wonderful stories that will foster a love of reading in children and give them a taste of what reading and learning can offer. For most young girls and boys these will be the first storybooks from which they learn to read and they are in the child’s own language.
If a child develops good reading skills in her native tongue, she can apply these skills when she learns to read a second language. Reading and comprehending good fiction and non-fiction in our own language first makes the task so much easier because we don’t have to struggle with a less familiar language, its vocabulary, sentence structure or written form, all of which are different. And the skills and pleasure of the reading habit itself transfers to the second language.*
*Krashen, S., 2004, The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research. Heinemann. Portsmouth.