The book is an entertaining educational tool designed to engage adult readers learning English. The four key words of each analogy are in CAPITAL letters Each word in capital letters has a related photo to clarify meaning. The analogies are set up to foster predictive skills, which are essential to reading success. The student must make a prediction of the answer based on the first three words of the analogy. A hint is given for additional help. After making the prediction, the student turns the page to learn the answer to the analogy question. This immediate feedback turns learning into a rewarding game. Topics such as culture, math and words of position are introduced. An outstanding balanced education includes having students use their analytical skills to develop critical and creative thinking. Analogies are important because they change the way we think, read and write about the world. The book fosters creativity. It offers the student an opportunity to prove his or her understanding of the concept of analogies by writing an analogy with a hint and then illustrating all four parts. A lesson plan can be found on the website: www.JanZebrack.com. John Pollack has written an excellent book titled: Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Invation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas. The Wall Street Journal article reviewing the book is on my website. All profits from this book go to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals to benefit sick and injured children.
Janet Cady Zebrack taught primary classes to Native Americans learning English on the Zuni Pueblo reservation in New Mexico, and the Navajo boarding school in Ramah, New Mexico. This graduate of the University of Southern California received a grant from the state of Nevada for teaching science in kindergarten. She was a lead teacher for students from the University of Nevada, Reno, and from Sierra Nevada College. She was selected to teach classes for the annual conference of Nevada Reading Week. One of her analogy books has been translated into Lao by the former project manager for the nonprofit literacy organization Room to Read in Laos. One thousand copies will be placed in schools all over Laos. She is the author of Analogies for Young Kids Book 1 (about culture and math), Analogies for Young Kids Book 2 (about science), and a book for adults, The Power of Positive Pedaling. Her next book will be titled: Amazing International Analogies. It is written and illustrated by students in India, China, Germany and the United States. You can see samples of the books on the website: www.JanZebrack.com. Click on the tab Contest Winners to see some work of the students.