Eskimo trees and dangerous ABCs

  • 1998-11-05
  • Katya Cengel
Collector and linguist Juris Cibuls offers a fresh look at the cultural footprints found in ABC books, Katya Cengel reports.In 1978, Juris Cibuls read an article that would forever alter the way he viewed literacy. A foreign language teacher in the rural Balvi district, he was struck by a clip about a strange Polish man who collected primers, the books used to teach reading to young children."As a teacher it was very interesting to learn how different nations teach their children to read," said Cibuls. Primers made their first appearance during the Middle Ages in wood carvings. In the begi...
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