by Aliki, William Morrow

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Speaking and listening; writing and reading; a baby's cry or a friend's hug. Communication is the way people share what they know and share how they feel.


Speaking and listening; writing and reading; a baby's cry or a friend's hug. Communication is the way people share what they know and share how they feel.

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Horn Book
A "colorful primer on interpersonal communication....The simple lessons in the etiquette and skills of speaking and listening are relevant for readers of all ages....Parents and teacherswill find this a treasure for sharing with children, and the empathy, humor, and insight proffer very satisfying reading — a masterful accomplishment in simple nonfiction.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author/illustrator of the ebullient companion works, Feelings and Manners , has produced an equally beguiling picture-book survey of one of the human race's most important imperatives--communication. Dedicated to ``all the tellers and the listeners of the world,'' Aliki begins with a definition: ``Communication is sharing knowledge . . . telling news . . . expressing feelings . . . and being heard.'' In her characteristically perky mix of gentle, wryly humorous black pen drawings illumined by watercolor and pencil, she introduces a multicultural cast of endearing, honest kids. Each page reveals a progressively involving explication of the many ways people communicate: writing, active and sensitive listening, responding, questioning, sharing feelings, telling the truth (even if in anger or pain), waiting your turn, obtaining information, and more. Not even the hottest pop-psychologist of the moment could improve on this reassuring overview of how people seek connection--``so you know you are not alone.'' Ages 5-up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Emily Schuster
Communicating involves talking and listening, too. Although words are very important, there are all kinds of communication. Babies communicate before they learn to speak. Everyone knows what laughter and crying mean. People who are deaf or blind have their own ways of communicating. Even animals communicate. This book does a good job of encouraging kids to open up even when it isn't easy. It uses humor and a comic-strip style to get its point across. This is an important book on a topic that isn't communicated to kids often enough. 1999 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- Aliki introduces readers to many forms of communication, the reasons to practice them, and some of the barriers that may be encountered in the process. Unfortunately, despite her spirited, colorful cartoons, the text bogs down as simple explanations are cluttered with not-so-simple exceptions and commendable, but confusing, bibliotherapy. The difficulty of communicating feelings is clearly related to the subject, but its inclusion here clouds the clarity of sender-message-receiver-feedback. Verbal and written communication share space with braille (depicted as visual not tactile so one wonders how a blind person can feel a dark spot on a page) and sign for the deaf. Nonverbal communication is touched upon along with animal communication, pen pals, use of puppets, greeting cards, and miscommunication as in the game of gossip. The vivid illustrations represent a variety of ethnic groups and a wealth of emotional textures. An adequate collection of tidbits with little if any competition at this level, Communication has many possible applications in an educational setting or a parent and child may read it together . Youngsters may enjoy the illustrations and grasp a point or two, but it is unlikely that independent readers will seek it out. --Jody McCoy, Casady School, Oklahoma City
Stephanie Zvirin
As Aliki has more than 40 picture books to her credit, her bright, cartoonlike characters, outlined in black, are familiar to many youngsters by now. She uses them again in her latest book, which concentrates on the ways we express ourselves. Written with her usual good humor and aplomb, the text considers not only the telling and listening aspects of person-to-person exchange, but also the importance of responding. Aliki relies on various combinations of handwritten and typeset text, large drawings, and cartoon strips to introduce some of the ways communication is accomplished--writing, speaking, braille--and to offer a glimpse at the subtle, emotional aspects of interchange: one series of drawings depicts a mother and child using puppets to help them deal with a difficult subject; another shows a story becoming distorted when it's told, retold, and told again; and still another demonstrates the importance of voicing angry feelings. The bright colors and varied page layouts provide plenty to keep readers interested and involved, while the perceptive text offers much to think about. A first-rate book, ideal for generating classroom or parent-child "communication."

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
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Product dimensions:
8.27(w) x 10.08(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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