What's this all about? These illustrations are for Moowords Books, which are still just a dream looking for a publisher... What are Moowords?
Picture this... You are in a car on a country lane with your three year-old boy. You are not moving. A cow is standing ten feet in front of you in the middle of the road. "MoooOO!" calls out the little voice from the back seat. "Yup, that’s what noise a cow makes alright," you say spelling out C-O-W on the foggy windshield with your finger. Your son looks at you like you’ve just done something crazy. What on earth are those strange squiggles etched in fog? But deep in his growing brain, a critical chain of events and associations is set in motion: The cow. The (spoken) word "Cow." The squiggles C-O-W. Something’s going on here... Do it again! But... the cow has walked away.
What exactly is language to a young child? It arrives into his or her world simply as sounds. As a child grows, the sounds become associated with things and simple concepts wrapped in beautiful little containers called words. In time, the child comes to understand that each word can be expressed not only in sound, but in writing too. Complicated stuff!
Moowords books are a great way of introducing and re-emphasizing the idea that words are both spoken and written. They are fun visual places where important bridges in the development of language skills are effortlessly built.
On each page a basic word or two is brought to life by a vivid picture full of action and memorable detail. A cow lets loose a melodious "Moo" while two children accompany her on clarinet and drums. And there are those squiggles again. The letters C-O-W and D-R-U-M are spelled out and highlighted right next to their respective visuals. Each new reading reinforces the connection between the situation and the written words.
I envision parent and child sitting together in a comfy place with a big flat book open in their laps, laughing and pointing at things and words. Quality time with lasting results. And the cow won’t walk away.