Children Learning to Interact with Each Other with “Words” – A Review

The VP of Cuteness began school this September, and she could not wait to start this new adventure in her life! As a parent, I was super excited for her to become more independent by starting school, but I also worry about how she will interact with her classmates since she has been at home with me and her younger brother. I do not know how she will take kids not liking her or being picked on. This is why I was thrilled to review Words by Lora Rozler to help reinforce some of the things we have been teaching her at home.

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Words is a fascinating children’s book about a lonely letter, Little e, trying to find its place in its world of words. After a lot of searching, Little e has a choice to make. It had to choose between hate and love; Little e ultimately chose to love.

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I like how Words used words instead of pictures to convey its message. Words were used to evoke emotions in various fonts so readers could understand what Little e was seeing all around it. Rozler had words bolded, italicized, blocked in, and were written in every way imaginable to convey the type of word it was to readers. My kids found some of them to be pretty and cute, while others were angry and loud. They liked talking about how the words made them feel.

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The array of words used to describe what was happening throughout the story was also a highlight for me. Some of the words were a bit beyond what my child understood, but this allowed for us to help our child enhance her vocabulary. My daughter liked being able to talk about what these words meant, and we used these words in situations she would understand so she could understand them. These words also let her know that some words could hurt others if she said them to her classmates.  I enjoyed spending more time reading Words with my kids because they are picking up new words and are starting to use them when they speak to us.

I really loved Words! Rozler uses letters and words in the place of people. I like how letters, like people, can become what they want to be, and it is, in part, due to their choices that they make. It was great to see Little e make a choice about what it wanted for itself and how it wanted to act. As I previously mentioned, this book is bringing to print messages we teach our kids at home. We want for our kids to know that there are all kinds of people she will come into contact with, and we want for her to engage with her peers with love, regardless if these children are doing the same with her.

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We know our child will have her ups and downs with other kids at school. Words shows children that there is more than one path they can take, and it does not have to be a violent or hateful one. I would definitely recommend Words for kids to read and to learn about how to find their place and to make decisions on how to interact in their world.

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To find out about Lora Rozler and Words, you can connect with her on her website.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of Words in order to write this review. The opinions I shared are my own.

18 Comments

  1. Lora

    September 29, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Reblogged this on Words On A Limb and commented:
    A review of WORDS by Reese Speaks…

  2. Heather Lynne (@raisingmemories)

    September 30, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    What an interesting approach! Very creative.

    1. Reese Speaks

      September 30, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks Heather! I loved how Lora Rozler decided to take this direction for this book. It was really clever!

  3. Randa @ TBK

    September 30, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    The fact that they use emotional fonts with the words helps kids connect as well. I really like that about this book.

    1. Reese Speaks

      September 30, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks Randa! The fonts really helped to describe the meanings of the words better for my kids.

  4. merry120

    September 30, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Love this concept. A great book to read and let your child lead you in conversations about feelings.

    1. Reese Speaks

      September 30, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      Thanks Merry! This book started a lot of great conversations about emotions.

  5. mapleleafmommy

    September 30, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    This book looks fantastic. I think it would be just perfect for my five year old. Thanks for the recommendation.

    1. Reese Speaks

      October 1, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks for your comment Deanna! I think your five year-old would love reading this book and having it read to them!

  6. oldermommystill

    October 1, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    What an interesting concept and a great way for children (and adults) to learn about the impactfulness of even the simplest words!

    1. Reese Speaks

      October 1, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks for your comment Deanna! I think your five year-old would love reading this book and having it read to them!

  7. Reese Speaks

    October 1, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Sorry Monica! Words is a great reminder than anyone can say things that can be hurtful, and that we must be mindful of what we say

  8. Alyssa (@AMotherhoodBlog)

    October 6, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    What a great book to help learn to read! I should look into getting it for my two younger ones! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Reese Speaks

      October 7, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks Alyssa! It was an awesome read! I am so glad I read this book to my kids. Even my eldest found it clever how the words were depicted. It’s a fun read.

  9. Louise

    October 13, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    What a great idea for a book! It looks like a fun read. And congrats to your VP on starting school. Hope the first month went well!

    1. Reese Speaks

      October 26, 2015 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks Louise! Lori Rozler did a fabulous job with the concept of this book. The VP of Cuteness has had a bit of a rough go, catching a bug that has lasted for a while now.

  10. ianscyberspace

    October 14, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    What an excellent concept written in a way any child can relate to and understand.

    1. Reese Speaks

      October 26, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks ianscyberspace! I thought so as well. It was simple, yet it got the message across so well!

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