- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Wayne State University Press (October 1, 1961)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0814311156
- ISBN-13: 978-0814311158
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.8 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #634,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Let's Read: A Linguistic Approach
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Let's Read was published for the first time by Wayne State University Press in 1961. It has been reprinted many times, and is a recognized classic in the field of reading instruction.
About the Author
Leonard Bloomfield served on the staffs of the universities of Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio State, and Chicago. He was Sterling Professor of Linguistics at Yale at the time of his death in 1949. Among his many significant writings, three stand out as basic to modern linguistic science, "A Set of Postulates for the Science of Language" (Language, II.3, 1926); Language (New York, 1933); and "Linguistic Aspects of Science" (International Encyclopedia of Unified Science, I.4, Chicago, 1939).
Clarence Barnhart is best known as the co-editor of the Throndike-Barnhart Dictionary Series (Chicago, 1952-1971) and of the World Book Dictionary (New York, 1936, 1976) and The Dictionary of New English since 1963 (New York, 1973).
Top customer reviews
The plan in this book works because it harnesses humans innate ability to recognize patterns.
Each lesson is very well thought out, and is just the right increase in difficulty to ensure steady progress without much frustration.
And the book is a complete guide, giving suggestions about extending the reading vocabulary, how to handle punctuation and expression, and all the other aspects of fluent reading.
I think the reading material is similar to the Bob books, but better in that it doesn't twist itself into inane stories which even a 4-year-old thinks are lame but instead begins with simple sentences that truly reflect natural human communication. And later, when it extends beyond simple sentences, the reading material still reflects what you might see "in the real world." It is not conceptually dumbed down, it simply has a very carefully chosen vocabulary.
The system focuses on the logic of language which makes it easy to identify patterns in words and sentences. Yet it is not just phonetics. It also focuses on the visual aspect of reading a complete sentence. As your eyes capture each word one at a time, they also see that the word is a part of something bigger. I remember how happy my daughter was whenever she read the words individually, then sounding them all together, grasping the connection between language and thought.
Even though the book has over 200 pages and 6 parts, something "clicked" in my daughter's mind when we were just barely through with part II. She was able, at this point, to identify patterns in words she had never seen before, sometimes did not know what they meant and were not covered in the first two parts of the book. She was able to pick up just about any children's book and read most words fluently with just a few exceptions.
I never pushed her. We did one lesson a day....if she wanted to stop sooner, we did. Yet in about two months, she was already capable of reading quite fluently. She loved it when I read to her but now she could read by herself whenever she wanted to. What an amazing accomplishment it was and she liked how it felt.
When my younger daughter was also four, I did the same with her and she also learned in almost no time. This was 25 years ago. I found my copy at our local library sale. I tried to get more copies to gift my family and friends for their children, but I found it was impossible to find as it was out of print. I even contacted Wayne State University to no avail. I had to make photocopies for them because I did not want them to miss out on this gift Mr. Bloomfield gave to children and to parents. I am glad to see it is available again.
Today I have grandchildren and they are learning to read using the same book as their mothers. I kept it. I knew someday we would need it again.