Let’s Go Outside!
Walker , 2022
14pp., board book., RRP $A14.99
This is a charming tabbed board book for little readers to join the family of We’re going on a Bear Hunt to encourage them to explore their local environment and start to put words to the things they might discover. While many of the things that inhabit these English locations might be unfamiliar to them, nevertheless it helps them build their vocabulary so when they encounter the words in other stories, they can bring a visual image to mind so their understanding grows.
At the same time, they might like to substitute the English words for Australian ones, such as “woods’ and “bush” and create their own page of what they discover locally. It all goes towards building essential vocabulary that is the foundation of language and an explicit teaching focus of the curriculum, particularly in NSW.