Iye and Iyedo are friends
from outer space. They come from a distant galaxy. Their mission
is one of peace and teaching.
Iye and Iyedo are composed of eyes. Their
heads are all eye. Their bodies are eye. Their limbs are made
up of eyes. And they can see in many different ways. They have
gone to NurseryRhyme Land to learn. They are sharing with us
on Earth all that they have learned. They are sharing with us
because they know that being able to see the same thing in many
different ways is a sign of tolerance and wisdom - both essential
to peace between all creatures in all the galaxies of all the
are also sharing with parents and teachers, to prepare children
for today's world of steadily advancing technology. Iye and Iyedo
know that a high level of ability to identify and use signs,
icons, and symbols is important in this new world we are creating.
They know that if they can communicate how
they see the creatures of NurseryRhyme Land, they will be helping
to prepare young minds to be super nimble at symbol hop-scotching.
Because small children come to us prepared to learn language,
they can also learn the language of symbols - which is the language
of high technology.
Symbols are symbols because they suggest the
essential quality of that for which they stand. Thoughts make
connections from symbol to symbol. These connections between
symbols set the stage for more elaborate thought, which has to
be practiced before it becomes natural. Once this way of thinking
has become integrated, it brings in more levels of thought. Repetition
lays down and consolidates the pathways in the brain that form
whole repertoires of subtle, complex thought capabilities.
The Mother Goose nursery rhymes, some of which
have survived hundreds of years in virtually the same format,
are already familiar to most young children. They function for
the child's mind the way a push-up or sit-up functions for the
body. They exercise and grow the mind so that it will be fit
for the particular ways of the culture. This electronic book
marries the rhymes of our childhood with highly original formatting
and with new concepts needed to interact more intuitively, creatively,
and freely in today's world.
All through a child's early education the
link is being made between vision and language. The relationship
between word and image is crucial in early education. In NurseryRhyme
Land text is used to create image, and image is used to create
text. Because of playful and original interchange of text and
image, the thinking process is immediately engaged. It is not
at first apparent what one is seeing. By continuing to think
as the words and images combine and recombine in the mind, a
new kind of thinking comes into being. This shift in thought
is the purpose of the book and a reason for reading and rereading.
There is more to be learned with each reading, as the mind is
involved with the rhymes on many levels at the same time.
For example, let's look at "Hey, Diddle,
Diddle, The Cat and the Fiddle." In thick black outline
on the first page of this rhyme is a design which can be seen
as, with a little imagination, a picture of a cat.
If you look very closely you will see that
the cat's ears are the words "The" and "Cat."
But the entire outline also forms the symbol "&",
which stands for "and." So the design stands both for
"cat" and "and." With the words "the
Fiddle" we have a complete text title for the rhyme, "The
Cat and the Fiddle." Together with the image on the facing
page made by the text of the rhyme, we also have text/image visuals
of the complete title.
Around the fiddle-shaped rhyme is a border
of many cats. In the corner of the page we have Iye playing a
fiddle and Iyedo following and, we suppose, listening attentively.
Paul Butkovich Ph.D., and Elisabeth
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