The Big Book of Chit-Chat
In this book we follow Eddie and Hannah over a whole day, where they get up, eat breakfast, come to daycare, and end the day out in the country, where they stay over at grandma and grandpa’s. This book is designed to help you chit-chat about all the things that children experience.
The Great Book of Chit-Chat is designed for children between 18 months and 4 years of age, whose language is constantly evolving and whose vocabulary is growing daily. This book helps these developments along, as children can actively use and practice language through suggestions for conversations and play, which the adult reader introduces. But our experience tells us that the book can be used right up until school starts.
The games and topics of conversation are inspired by dialogic reading, which is a specific way of reading picture books used in many daycare institutions
Lola Jensen, a family counsellor for many years, also recommends the Great Book of Chit-Chat:
When a book with truly great opportunities lands in my letterbox, it deserves recognition. And ”The Great Book of Chit-Chat” written by Ina Haller, really does deserve to be recognised. As soon as I had the book in my hand, I thought: “Well, the possibilities to converse are in our DNA, and are inherited. So what’s the use of a book full of detailed suggestions for dialogue with children, is it really necessary?”
But I know the answer from experience. I do not know if such inspiration is necessary for everyone, but many families (and therefore children), experience that the conversation these days has become less meaningful, and has been slowly overtaken by Tablet, TV and Smartphones. Parents sit there with their gadgets, and so do the kids. And what is lost is the observation of surroundings and meaningful conversation, and therefore also the development of the child’s language and vocabulary.
Jens and Rikke from CIHA wrote the foreword for “The Great Book of Chit-Chat”,and they know better than anyone what a difference careful and persistent language stimulation can make, as they are the parents of two girls born deaf who have been dependent on language stimulation. Jens and Rikke would like to share their own experience with language stimulation. The Great Book of Chit-Chat is a really good opportunity to switch from gadgets to real conversation.
Happy reading and best regards from Lola