Oscar Wilde’s wonderfully satirical yet comical account of an
American family living in England, has lent itself beautifully to
adaptation in this book. Young children easily relate to the Otis
twins, as they endeavour to frighten the Canterville Ghost.
Children also become acquainted with a renowned Irish author,
discover something about two different cultures, and learn English
at the same time. Each chapter is preceded by a picture dictionary
which helps children understand – some of the less common words,
and sparks off pre-reading classroom discussions. Following each
chapter is a multiple-choice reading comprehension, a ‘fun
activity’ – such as a word square, listen and match, colouring in
and much more. There is also an acting activity which encourages
even the shyest child to learn and speak English. The accompanying
cassette is of course an essential prop for rehearsals.