Lala's Words: A Story of Planting KindnessFeatured
Oh, there goes Lala! She carries a pot of water around the corner, down the block, and over the fence, to a patch of dirt and concrete where tiny weeds sprout. "Hello, hello, friends!" she whispers. Lala waters the plants every day, but it is her kind words that make them sway and nod.
Lala's wild nature and quiet compassion enchant in this evergreen story about the power of kind words and the magic of being loved for who you are.
What I loved: The illustrations were intriguing with lots of details and a careful use of color. They showcased the plants and their growth. The story shows the power of kind words in those that Lala gives to the plants. They are juxtaposed with those of Lala's mother. I appreciated these simple lessons told through this straight-forward story.
What left me wanting more: I really did not like the way Lala's mother treated her nor the quick change at the end, that she could only love her daughter or recognize the good in her when something miraculous happens. This does not send a great message to young readers about the way they should be treated or the miracles they must perform to receive love. I think this could have been toned back to still show the important theme of Lala's kind words.
Final verdict: Overall, LALA'S WORDS is a picture book that shows the power of kind words.