Title: Cave Kiddos
Author: Eric Jay Cash
Genre: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Literature
Cave Kiddos is a fun book about four Paleolithic children who share the experience of developing and learning important words and concepts. Join Alk, Haha, Lala, and Zee as they discover the world around them.
My review could be summed up in one word: brilliant.
That’s it? That’s your review? (You may be asking yourself…)
Well, yes, but I will indulge you and describe why I think this children’s book is brilliant. Children’s books are meant to educate as well as entertain. Children learn to learn to read through picture books and Eric Jay Cash captures the essence of learning to read through a child’s viewpoint.
Learning to read is an exciting thing but it can be overwhelming when there are a lot of words children don’t understand, especially if they are delayed speakers. Cave Kiddos strips away all the stumbling blocks children struggling to read face and offers a creative alternative.
I remember when my cousin, Brett, was learning to read. He had difficulty putting the letters together to form words. He got frustrated with himself and it wasn’t until I covered up the letters with my hand and pointed to the illustrations, he finally understood. He knew what each thing I pointed at was; he just needed a little help putting the word to the picture.
Eric Jay Cash does the exact same thing I did more than twenty-five years ago but in an easier way. He introduces the reader to four Paleolithic children named Alk, Haha, Lala, and Zee who are learning simple things like w-a-t-e-r. Inspiration for this book came from Eric’s own experience teaching his two children to read. This invaluable experience only adds to the charm of this book.
A must read for any parent, sibling, family member, teacher and educator! I can’t wait to see what the author does next.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Eric Jay Cash became fascinated with speech and developmental learning when he worked with his children who are both delayed speakers. He lives in a cave on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and two cave kiddos.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N