piaras o. cionnaoith

Review of ‘Learning My Letters’

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Learning My Letters: Writing Skills A – Z is the third book in Piaras O. Cionnaoith’s picture books for teaching writing and drawing skills to early readers. An interesting little book that shows both upper- and lowercase letters, how to construct them, along with pictures of things that begin with that letter.

A useful book for introducing children to writing the alphabet and learning new words. My only complaint is that in the Kindle version, the labels of the photos are in a very light type that was a challenge for my elderly eyes.

A worthwhile addition to your child’s book shelves.

I give it four stars.

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Review of ‘Learning My Words: A-Z’

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Learning My Words A-Z is another nice little picture book by Piaras O. Cionnaoith. This one introduces basic reading skills with notes for teachers at the end. Because of the British spellings, it probably would be of only marginal utility for American readers, and a couple of the definitions in the teachers’ notes section are misleading, e.g., for ‘fire’, the effects of fire are given as the definition, rather than a precise definition of what fire actually is.

Despite these shortcomings, it’s still an interesting book.

I give it three stars.

Review of ‘Learning my ABCs: Animals A-Z’

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Learning My ABCs: Animals A-Z by Piaras O. Cionnaoith is a short picture book that helps youngsters learn the alphabet, and at the same provides interesting and fun facts about select animals. A great book, with only one criticism, the author describes a group of quails as a ‘convoy,’ when, if I remember from my hunting days, is actually a ‘covey.’ Besides this trivial little error, this is an excellent book that I highly recommend for your youngster who is just beginning his or her reading journey.

Despite that error, I give the author five stars for a wonderful little book.

Review of “Learning my Drawing’

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Learning My Drawing by Piaras O. Cionnaoith is a short drawing tutorial for children that shows how to draw some not-so-simple things, such as birds, flowers, etc. Beginning with the basic shapes and showing the step-by-step process of adding detail, this tutorial can be used alone by children with a basic reading ability, but with adult help, even non-readers should be able to make adequate drawings. A great way to introduce your youngster to art.

I give this book four stars.