1st Edition

From Tragic to Magic: A Phonological Fairy Tale and Guide to Prepare Children for Literacy

By Georgie Cooney Copyright 2021
    54 Pages 22 Color Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    54 Pages 22 Color Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    This engaging and colourful story and guide has been created to prepare children for reading and spelling through the recognition of phonological patterns such as rhyme, syllables and the awareness of phonemes within words. By working on and strengthening language skills, in turn, you are building children’s literacy abilities – together.

    A prequel to the storybook, Who Put the Spell into Spelling?, From Tragic to Magic tells the story of three siblings who set out to rescue their teacher, Miss Tragic. As they battle with a giant, a witch and a wizard, they encounter three phonological challenges that focus on syllables, rhyming and phonemes.

    Key features include:

    • Games and prompt questions for each chapter, based on Bloom’s Taxonomy, to assess memory, understanding, application, analysis, evaluation and creativity
    • A selection of additional activities to help to continue developing phonological awareness beyond the story
    • Guidance and support for the adult reader throughout

    With beautiful accompanying illustrations, this fun fairy tale provides an exciting and imaginative way of preparing children up to 7 years old for phonics, reading and spelling at primary school. It is an essential resource for parents, carers, grandparents and early educators.

    Acknowledgements  Introduction  Chapter 1: Miss Tragic  Syllables  Chapter 2: Ginormous the Giant and Syllables  Rhyme  Chapter 3: Esmerelda the Witch and Rhyme  Phonemes  Chapter 4: Wisdom the Wizard and Phonemes  Phonological Awareness Games and Activities


    Georgie Cooney works for the Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) and teaches students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs). She first worked as a classroom teacher both in the UK and in the USA, and then re-trained in the field of language and literacy. After becoming a dyslexia specialist, she has lectured, trained teachers, managed and coordinated Inclusion and Special Educational Needs in both mainstream and specialist settings. Georgie is also the author of Who Put the Spell into Spelling? – a beautifully illustrated storybook and workbook set designed to help children remember and use spelling rules. She seeks to improve the literacy skills of all children and adults, in the hope that this will widen their opportunities in life.