DOUBLE DELIGHT: The Big Book of ALPHABET AND NUMBERS By Mary Novick Illustrated by Sybel Harlin The popular first Double Delight titles, Alphabet and Numbers, have now been brought together in one big book! A unique idea, the Double Delight books use flaps to reinforce the early childhood concepts they teach. The bright, fresh, colourful illustrations will delight, and two pictures in one make them double the fun! About the author First-time author Mary Novick spent many years as a sales executive for several big children’s publishing houses. With the birth of her first child, Mary began looking for books that taught early childhood concepts in a fun and interactive way, which led to her creating the Double Delight series. About the illustrator Sybel Harlin is a Sydney-based illustrator and designer. The illustrations for The Big Book of Alphabet and Numbers were created digitally. Learning Activities • Make bingo cards featuring illustrations from the text and play alphabet bingo. Call out a letter or sound, and have the class locate the illustration on their card that corresponds to that letter/sound. • A wide range of items have been illustrated in this book. Categorise as many items as possible under headings chosen by students. For example: ANIMALS: bird, eel, fish PEOPLE: angel, mermaid, queen • Some of the pictures in the alphabet pages contain more than two things beginning with the feature letter. For example, in this picture of a hill, you can also find a helicopter. How many more can you find? • Divide the children into groups of three or four, and challenge them to make their bodies into the shapes of a letter or number you have chosen from the book. When you blow a whistle, the children should then become something illustrated on that page. For example, children form the letter S. When they hear the whistle, they change their shapes to become a starfish. Take photos to encourage further discussion. Perhaps you could have the class order the photos alphabetically and numerically. • Using illustrations from the text, play “What am I?” Give children clues and ask them to guess what illustration is being described. For example: “I am a sea creature. I have eight arms. I start with the letter O.” • For each page, work together to make a silly saying using the letter and the illustrations from the book. Playful penguins playing the piano. Excited eels eating eggs. • Construct alphabet and number posters. For each poster, encourage the class to draw objects beginning with the corresponding initial letter, or matching the number. Include the illustrations from the book. Aa alligator angel ant apple • Using number cards 1-20, hand out one card each to three children. Ask the class to order the numbers, identifying the highest and lowest. Then hand out the rest of the cards to class members. Ask the children to place themselves in order. • Make pictorial flashcards of illustrations shown in the book. Using these flashcards with alphabet cards (or magnetic letters), encourage the students to match the flashcards to alphabet cards.