4 out of 4 stars
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This book by R. D. Base is about a young boy who is a superhero. It talks about what he does to earn this title. The simple things he does, such as reading, drawing and playing are considered acts of heroism. The book itself is a lovely text that focuses solely on a child’s early reading and recognizing abilities. The colourful illustrations attract the child’s attention and helps to keep the child interested for a longer period of time. Even before attempting to read or before he/ she is taught to read, the child will be able to recognize the pictures to a certain extent due to what they have seen within their surroundings. This is an important skill that must be improved from an early age; recognizing objects, pictures, peoples, animals, etc.
The text, on the other hand, is very simple and short. The language used by the writer is easy to teach and the child too will be able to colmprehend what is being taught, depending on their capabilities, of course. For instance, if the child is a fast learner, he/ she will be able to understand the context of the book sooner than others.
However, it is important to take into account that whether the child is a fast or slow learner, the teaching process must not be too urgent or too rushed. We must remember that they are still at an early developing psychological state and will not be able to handle anything that is too advanced and will thus soon loose interest. Therefore, we must initially help them to recognize the pictures and then read them the text.
This book, as a result, helps the teacher to assist the child to do just that; recognize and understand. This book is structured in a manner that once the sentences are read to them, along with the lively coloured pictures, the child will be able to comprehend what is being said. This is because the main character, Toni, engages in activities that are quite simple, such as jumping and running, instead of extremely advanced activities that the child may find hard to follow. The sentence structure itself will eventually help the child to identify that what the superhero is doing are simple things that surround our day to day lives, such as helping and sweeping.
Therefore, I think this book has the capacity of helping a child to develop his/ her thinking skills. It caters to children of different mindsets and will help them to improve their still developing competence. It can be recommended for those looking for books to assist their children’s reading and language prowess. I will give this book 4 out of 4 stars as it is a very basic book that will be well understood.
Toni the Superhero
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