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Stacey's Extraordinary Words

By Stephanie Snyder, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Sweet story encourages perseverance, spotlights diversity.

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This heartwarming and motivating story makes for an enjoyable read-aloud, in a classroom or cuddled up on the couch. Stacey's Extraordinary Words empowers and entertains, and delivers a visually appealing experience. Though the book introduces readers to a bunch of exceptional new words (like "dither," "perseverance," and "sesquipedalian"), it's written in short sentences (and sometimes fragments) that kids can understand and relate to. The story itself is easy for kids to grasp, and the very personal author's note makes the story and its themes even more real for young readers. Fans and supporters of Stacey Abrams will especially enjoy discovering how the resilience and tenacity she displayed in her 2018 race for governor was shaped by her childhood experience.

Kitt Thomas brings the story to life with stunning illustrations. Diversity contributes to the beauty on the pages. The colorful spreads are bold, yet warm. Overall, this simple story is an extraordinary endeavor.

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