What are Words, Really?

What are Words, Really?
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September 27, 2022
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A renowned photographer and a Pura Belpré Honor–winning illustrator join forces for a playful and stylish picture book that’s destined to make the world a better place, one word at a time.

Perfectly pitched to the youngest child, Alexi Lubomirski’s whimsical text is a gentle reminder that words have power—the power to hurt or to heal, to make someone feel small or feel tall. Carlos Aponte’s buoyant illustrations, in dazzling primary colors and bold black line, pair with a dynamic text design to create a visual symphony. An eye-catching appeal to our better natures, this inspired meditation on the purpose and power of words encourages children to choose them well—and use them wisely—to spread kindness, joy, and love.

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WHAT ARE WORDS, REALLY highlights the power that worlds hold and how they can be used to either hurt or heal others. People choose how to sharpen their words and can either use them as a weapon to strike or to protect. This book shows just that without being too wordy. With the use of words, the other shows how few you need to make a difference.

The illustrations are bold and abstract and leave a lot to the imagination so children have to focus on the words rather than the pictures. This book teaches younger children the importance of thinking before you speak because once words are said, they can't be taken back. The message this book shares is an important one for children to hear at a younger age so I love that the author incorporates it into a picture book.

Final Verdict: I would recommend this to children who love art because of the abstract pictures and for others who need to hear this lesson. School-aged children are the ones who will benefit from it the most.
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