Book Reviews

Callan’s Thematic Jigsaws has been reviewed on

Here is a video book review of Callan’s Beginner Essentials by Kelly Morrissey.

Kelly Morrissey wrote:

(from transcript)

“I want to just start first by telling you the two things right off the bat that I like most about the job that Nancy Callan has done on this book.

“She has gone to great lengths to ensure that the images used are not ambiguous to the students. I appreciate that. The other thing she’s done is she has done her best to ensure that high frequency words have been used to exemplify sounds and letters, not low frequency words. So when you’re working on the P sound, you may find P is for pencil or P is for pen but not P is for Porcupine and I really do appreciate that because we know that not all publishers pay attention to those details that make so much difference in the lives of us, ESL literacy teachers.

“…so much packed into this slender volume. And I consider this…Beginner Essentials is an essential. I consider this to be a must-have book for ESL literacy teacher in Canada or elsewhere teaching English. So I have my copy now, my school has bought one and as soon as my colleagues who teach literacy and lower levels see it, I think they’re going to want one for their classrooms as well and I highly recommend it! I think it’s it’s going to be just a standard for every school in every literacy classroom.”

Other video reviews of the books can be found HERE.