Counting Apple Stories and Language Games
There is a meadow in the middle of the woods, and a small wooden house in the middle of the grass. There is an apple tree behind the wooden house, and a pony lives here.
Every fall, when the leaves fall from the tree one after another, and the apples fall into the grass, our pony will let go of the belly to eat the apples, until the belly rolls round, like a blown balloon.
But one autumn morning, all the apples were gone, and the pony could not be found.
The sad pony is determined to find them.
The fox told it that something seemed to fly overhead in the early morning, maybe it was those things.
The pony thanked the fox and ran out of the woods.
On the way, he encountered a bear, who was willing to help him, so he went looking for it with his pony.
They crossed the village and the church, met a chimney worker, 2 cows, 3 dogs, 4 pigs, 5 children and 6 hens, and then went to the beach.
An old white-bearded captain agreed to take the boat, and the pony promised to return to give the captain and the 10 sailors an apple each.
Crossing the sea, they encountered elephants and parrots again, and with their help, they finally found 15 crows who stole apples.
The little horse and the little bear packed apples and set off for home, and met old friends again along the way. The little horses stacked their promises.
When I returned to my hometown under the apple tree, there were 2 apples left, exactly one for each.
The pony invited the bears to come and eat apples next fall.
This is a very simple story from the German picture book Pony Bear and Apple Tree.
Is it Germany’s famous female writer and painter Sigrid?
Hawke wrote and painted his own work. The first edition was published in 1977, and it has been enduring. It is also regarded as one of Sigrid’s best works in German critics.
But nothing seems special from the story itself, is it?
A German grandmother of Germany told the secret.
This mother was read to a pair of 3-year-old twins in 1980, and they were crazy about it at the time. What replaced her most was that the brothers soon did n’t need the mother to read the book. TheyPoint at the apple icon and say “Apple”, some trees behind say “Apple Tree”, point at the pony say “Pony”, point at the bear and say “Little Bear”, and so on, read it unknowingly, and repeatRepeatedly, never tire of it.
So now that her grandson is 2 years old, she has to read it to her grandson.
It turned out to be a very novel picture book with predictions. It used pictures, icons, and text to build a folklore story. Graphic symbols were interspersed in the text to restore the original, quaint symbolic meaning of the text, and turn it into aToddlers can fully understand the story, and enjoy the words and pictures as language.
So, after reading this story, it turned into a “counting apples” story!
This “picture clip” form is very special in illustrated books. Although sometimes similar books are often seen, there are very few excellent works like “ponies and bears”. Among them, they are too focused onTurn the book into a pure language learning tool, or replace the inherent rationality of combining words with observations.
In an excellent picture book, “Pony Bear” is a more extreme example. It is not only very fun, but also a very strict language game.
The simplest way for adults to do this game is to pull the children to read together. The ideal reading method is probably: adults read the text with their fingers, pause when they appear, and wait for the children to restore the graphic symbols to the other half.Text.
To be more complicated, we can prepare some animal puppet toys, and then find some real apples, and pull the children to participate through the performance.
Regardless of the form, the purpose is to involve children in reading and to constantly express themselves.
The story of the pony and bear, as well as other very good picture books (not necessarily in the form of picture clips), surprises us that they can lead children to learn unknowingly in a pleasant and elegant story.
One of the most obvious features is language learning.
For example, children around the age of 3 are usually in a stage of intense oral imitation.
In the process, they showed superb language learning abilities.
If at this time we can supplement it with simple and excellent written language guidance, often replacing double returns.
When those beautiful sentences are completed with the participation of children, this is exactly what makes them proud!
What’s more, those elegant stories also brought them emotional comfort and poetic influence, which made us adults who have not completely forgotten their childhood!
If this is not the case, a painting book like Little Horse and Little Bear will not become a classic from generation to generation.
Question: Can a child of 4 and a half years distinguish the difference between science and myth?
For example, I just read a popular science book about the structure of the earth, and told her the story of “Pangu Kaitian”. Will children have an understanding alternative?
A: Einstein is probably the most imaginative scientist of the 20th century, so people often ask him: How can we improve our imagination?He once answered this: then read more ancient myths.
Obviously looking at the physicist’s universe, the stories in ancient mythology must have been fabricated, but why did he encourage people to read them?
Aren’t you afraid people are confused by the fiction in myth?
He certainly knew that people would not be confused.
He himself is not confused, even if it is ourselves, those around us, who has been confused by this myth.
On the contrary, these long-standing myths contain some of the most primitive imagination. It has endless charm, which has led many scientists, philosophers, writers, masters of art, religious scholars, and social scholars to continue to study and tryFind more clues about the universe and humanity.
Don’t worry about children, they are born philosophers.