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Let's Read

A Linguistic Approach

Clarence L. Barnhart and Leonard Bloomfield

Published: June 2010
ISBN: 9780814334553
Pages: 480 Size: 8 x 10
Illustrations: 17 b&w illus.
Published: June 2010
ISBN: 9780814336861

Let's Read may well be the most important book on beginning reading in our time.

— Russell Cosper

Let's Read presents a simplified method of teaching reading based on the alphabet and centered around spelling patterns. it teaches the child one thing at a time. Leonard Bloomfield (1887-1949), one of the greatest linguists of our time, created these lessons based on firm scientific principles so that he could teach his own children to read.
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.

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).

Contributors Include:
George P. Faust, Robert C. Pooley

The system is totally orderly, totally logical, and virtually foolproof. It is strictly a reading system. Reading is means, process, and end.

– Charles C. Walcutt, Council for Basic Education (CBE) Bulletin

Let's Read may well be the most important book on beginning reading in our time; the important point is that here is a new methodology soundly based on psychology and linguistics. . . . The lessons are ingeniously constructed to induce smooth, rapid progress. Let's Read is not just another reading text; it is a new system."

– Russell Cosper, Journal of Reading Development

Let's Read' is a valuable resource to any literacy teacher, very highly recommended."

– The Midwest Book Review