A humorous but insightful story about the power of words.
School Library JournalK-Gr 2Cartoon illustrations done in pen and light watercolor adorn this bland, moralistic picture book. When his older sister accidentally stumbles over him, Andrew releases a flood of angry words. The words escape, touching on a variety of people's lives including a struggling poet, a motorcyclist, a princess on horseback, a dragon, etc. When the words travel across the sea (with Andrew flying after them in an unexplained manner), they come into the hands of what could be a South American woman selling fruit in a market. She bundles them up, throws them in the sea and gives Andrew some ``kind and happy...nice words.'' As Andrew flies home, he shares them with all of the people who had been affected by his outburst. Very didactic, with unexceptional illustrations, this is not a necessary purchase.Jan Shepherd Ross, Dixie Elementary Magnet School, Lexington, KY
Kathy BroderickIn this cautionary tale illustrated with cartoonlike watercolors, Andrew's bad mood has a ripple effect on the people around him when his swear words sour his sister first, then a poet, then a princess, and so on. Similar in concept to a Mrs. Piggle Wiggle story, Lachner's light fantasy (with dragon and princess characters and Andrew's ability to fly) imparts a moral. In the end, Andrew learns his lesson from a lady who refuses to use the angry words and who gives Andrew a bundle of "kind and happy" words to take home. The story then reverses itself as Andrew's nice words (and pleasant mood) ripple back positively through the characters. A picture book with something thoughtful to say.
- Perfection Learning Corporation
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.50(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.25(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 7 Years
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