Read Writ (2007) 20:945–946 DOI 10.1007/s11145-006-9048-4 Nicholson, T. (2005). The Phonics Handbook. London. Whurr Publishers Keith Greaney Published online: 26 January 2007 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007 This is the latest book by the author on issues related to the teaching of reading. In the introduction the author states that it is a practical handbook designed for teachers who tutor individuals. Nicholson also clearly states that the book is not one of those ‘‘relentless phonics drill approaches’’. Rather it is ‘‘pragmatic phonics designed to get students to read books as soon as possi- ble’’ (p. ix). The book also outlines the importance of why the teaching of phonics is so important for children who have difﬁculties learning to read the English written system. As the title implies, the text is a handbook and is designed to be used mainly as a resource for one-to-one tutoring programmes (but is not neces- sarily restricted to this type of teaching). The practical activities could well be used successfully within small group teaching situations. The Phonics Handbook is divided into four parts with each focusing on separate aspects of tutoring. Part one focuses on diagnostic assessment and reporting issues. In this section there
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