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Words and your heart / Kate Jane Neal.

By: Neal, Katie Jane.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London Simon & Schuster Ltd., 2017Copyright date: ©2017Description: 1 volume of unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.ISBN: 9781471168536 (paperback).Subject(s): Children's stories | Caring -- Juvenile fiction | Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction | Conduct of lifeDDC classification: 823/.92 Summary: Your words are amazing! This book is about your heart. The little bit inside of you that makes you, you! A very timely book about the power of words - and how we use them. Told through the eyes of Pip and Cat, this book beautifully demonstrates the importance of what we say - both positive and negative. Thoughtful, warm-hearted and completely non-preachy, this is a book that has already resonated with large numbers of children, whose teachers report a sea of change in the culture of their classroom after reading it. A universal message, for a world that always needs a little more kindness.
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"Let's make our world a happier place!"--Cover.

Your words are amazing! This book is about your heart. The little bit inside of you that makes you, you! A very timely book about the power of words - and how we use them. Told through the eyes of Pip and Cat, this book beautifully demonstrates the importance of what we say - both positive and negative. Thoughtful, warm-hearted and completely non-preachy, this is a book that has already resonated with large numbers of children, whose teachers report a sea of change in the culture of their classroom after reading it. A universal message, for a world that always needs a little more kindness.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Newcomer Neal entreats readers to recognize the power that words possess. "You see, the words that go into your ears," she explains, "can actually affect your heart! (The little bit inside of you that makes you, you!)" Most of the book focuses on how words can encourage and inspire, but Neal doesn't avoid the fact that "sometimes words can be like a deadly arrow... that can pierce someone's heart." Red accents are the only color in Neal's gestural ink drawings, which feature a roundheaded child and a cat acting out the story's emotional lows and highs; in one scene, the child cheers on the exhausted cat from the sidelines of a race ("If someone wants to give up, your words can help them keep going"). An earnest plea to choose one's words with care and to use them for the greater good. Ages 2-6. Agent: Catherine Drayton, Inkwell Management. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-An empowering story that encourages readers to use their words to spread love and make their world a better place. It starts with a heart, or as the author describes it, "the little bit inside of you that makes you, you!" With signs, arrows, trees, and even fireworks, the two characters, a small line-drawn child and a striped cat, give readers a lesson about the words we use and how they affect others. Our words are powerful. They can be descriptive and informative. Some words make us feel amazing, but others, "can be like a deadly arrow that can pierce someone's heart." Words can hurt. The story closes with a request for readers to use their words to make others feel good, because if they do, "today, somebody's world can be a better place because of you!" With simple, repetitive text and dynamic line drawings, this book gives adults a gentle script to introduce ideas of kindness and empathy into conversations with younger children. The primarily black-and-white ink illustrations keep the focus on the message as the text itself is transformed into bold, page-filling creations. The question-and-answer format allows ample opportunity for one-on-one discussion, but the content could be equally useful for a classroom or library read-aloud. VERDICT Recommended purchase for larger collections or wherever books on bullying and empathy are needed.-Laken Hottle, Providence Community Library © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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