Friday, December 30, 2011

Wearing many hats...

My husband is the best!  Not only does he work hard to learn Lavukaleve and serve as an advisor to the Lavukal translators, he has also been producing "picture books" that the translators prepared during our last trip to Marulaon.  These books will be used in the Kindys around the Russell Islands, and our hope is that the books will also get people used to reading Lavukaleve in preparation for readng the Bible.  Right now, the only reading material they have is portions of the Prayer Book.

One of the books is about a hungry giant, but it's also a counting book.  This page says something like "I could eat three fat tuna"...

And this one says, "I could eat five big houses."

The other book is about a fly who meets his demise on the end of a coconut broom.  I like this one because I can trace the same verb as it changes tenses throughout the book.  When Aaron was deveoping these books, he told the translators that this "easy reading" level was exactly right for him!  We're excited to take these books, along with some others, back to the Lavukal people in just a few weeks!


Anonymous said...

Who is your wonderful illustrator?

Choate Family said...

These stories were originally published in English in 1995 by the Solomon Islands Government as part of a series of "Nguzu Nguzu Stories" for Primary School. We are only one of several language groups using these culturally appropriate stories to promote literacy. One of our favorites is about a girl who eats a can of hot chili tuna and then has bad dreams :-)

Emilio Fernandez said...

Good morning how are you?

My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately it’s impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

For all this I would ask you one small favour:
Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Solomon Islands? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Solomon Islands in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and a original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

Emilio Fernandez Esteban
Avenida Juan de la Cierva, 44
28902 Getafe (Madrid)

If you wish, you can visit my blog, where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

Finally I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

Yours Sincerely

Ann said...

I love these illustrations!

The dB family said...

Those look like they will be books that will be enjoyed by one and old. I was going to ask about the illustrations too :o)!

Happy New Year!!