Little Breath of Wind
This children's storybook features charming text and tactile illustrations that invite exploration, using a variety of richly textured, collaged fabrics and raised lines of thick, soft yarn. It tells the story of a "breath of wind" that begins its journey one morning, blowing across a meadow of soft grass, tickling the leaves of a tree, until it arrives "at my ear… to tell a story, a voyage of adventure."
The young child moves his fingers along the lines of yarn following Little Breath of Wind across each illustrated page. The book's text is provided in large print and contracted braille. The clear, silkscreened braille is high quality and extremely durable. Originally produced in Italian and French, the English version is produced for APH by Les Doigts Qui Rêvent (LDQR) workshop in Dijon, France.
Although Little Breath of Wind is written for children five years and up, younger children are also likely to enjoy the book's appealing textures and brief story. The International Board on Books for Young Children selected this book for its 2011 catalog.
Tactile Illustrations Support
Learning Visual illustrations in children's books play a number of important roles. Books with tactile illustrations also support a child's learning in important ways, offering him opportunities to:
- Actively explore and relate text and illustrations to gain a fuller appreciation of a book's meaning
- Talk about the illustrations as the book is read and shared, promoting oral language skills underlying literacy
- Gain basic skills needed to examine and interpret tactile displays
- Use tactile illustrations as a guide to pretend read or to fill in words he is not yet able to read
Tactile illustrated books offer a bridge, helping a young child take a more active role in book reading, as a listener and as a beginning reader.
WARNING: Choking Hazard—Small Parts. Not intended for children ages 5 and under without adult supervision.
- Age Range:
- 5 and Up
- Elisa Lodolo
- Original Publisher:
- Les Doigts Qui Revent
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