Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Review: 'Words And Your Heart' by Kate Jane Neal

You know when you read a book and you get that feeling that it's really important? Well, that's the feeling I got when I read my latest Toppsta win, 'Words And Your Heart'.

'Words And Your Heart' by Kate Jane Neal
(Firstly I'd like to apologise for the quality of the photos in this post - I have an ear infection so can't lean over to take photos of a flat surface so had to improvise!)

This is an absolutely gorgeous little book addressing a really big issue for young children - the power of their words. It talks through how words can hurt, but also how they can make people feel better, and what a great feeling that is. It uses a repeated refrain describing the heart as 'the little bit inside of you that makes you, you' which helps reinforce the message for younger readers.

'Words And Your Heart' - how words affect your heart
The illustrations are just adorable - really simple with a very limited palette, but to me that give them more power. They keep the message clear and powerful without distracting the reader with extra details. I think the illustration style would also make it more palatable to slightly older readers, so they feel more like they're reading a cartoon rather than a picture book.

'Words And Your Heart' - Your words have power!
I could see this book being used really effectively in early years settings and schools to teach children about the power of words. It surprised me how early on children start to use words as weapons against each other so I think it's really important to get this message right from the start.

'Words And Your Heart' - looking after each other's hearts
I have to admit, when Eleanor (6) read the book she wasn't impressed. She's going through a 'picture books are for babies' stage and thought the repeated phrase was 'silly'. Pfft, six year olds. Having said that, I've spotted her sneaking a read of it a few times since so I suspect it was all show! I really hope she comes round to it, she's at a really tricky stage where words are often very hurtful and I think this message would really help her.

As for Ezra (1), he's a little young for it but I definitely plan to keep rereading it so it becomes ingrained in his mind to use words for good. (His main use of words right now is to demand things in single words, to be fair.)

I really recommend this book for anyone with children of preschool/early school age, and anyone working with those children. It's a beautiful book that you'll appreciate as an adult, and it's message is so key it needs to be spread.

Linking up with 'Read With Me' hosted by Mama Mummy Mum.


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9 comments:

  1. I like the simplicity of this, such meaning behind the words though. Thank you for sharing with #readwithme

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    1. It's really really lovely, I hope I've done justice to it! Thanks as ever for hosting.

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  2. I love the colour scheme of this book and the simplicity of the layout, it looks like it would make a lovely Valentine's Day present :o)

    I hope you feel better soon!

    #ReadWith Me

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    1. I did think about saving it to review closer to Valentine's Day but loved it so much I couldn't wait!!

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  3. We love this one too and shared it recently on our blog! It's a beauty! #readwithme

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  4. This does sound great for pre-schoolers. It's sad how early on some kids learn that words can be hurtful :(

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    1. I know, that's why I think it's really important to encourage kindness from an early age.

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  5. This book looks great, I love the illustrations and it has such an important message too. #readwithme

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