Tuesday, 6 September 2011

The Age on Children's books

In Silly Stories with a serious message, Elisabeth Tarica reports on The Naked boy and the Crocodile, a book edited by children's author Andy Griffiths but comprised of "13 stories written and illustrated by children that he had met" travelling to remote communities in Australia.

She also comments on the low literacy rates amongst Indigenous Australian children, and also mentions the Book Buzz programme, under which, "popular picture books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Dear Zoo and Where is the Green Sheep? are translated into local languages and supplied to preschoolers in remote communities." The project has "achieved amazing results because the books are translated into the Ngaanyatjarra language.

The article highlights the importance of literacy to the individual in "today's print-driven world", but makes no mention of the importance of written materials in the survival of a language in such a print-driven world, by maintaining the prestige of a language.

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