Parents' Guide to

Big Words for Little People

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Empowering words, spectacular artwork, stupendous concepts.

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age 4+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 4+

Fun and funny

Super cute/funny pictures that you can stare into the details with your child for a while. Images relay wholesome family values. This book would be appropriate for any age that can handle paper pages, but if your expectation is that they learn bigger words for their vocabulary, then 4 and up makes sense.

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age 3+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Laura Cornell's illustrations are outstanding, extraordinary, stupendous, and superb! Her amazingly detailed watercolor over pen and ink artwork is fascinating, and brings life to every single page. To say she has created a uniquely expressive family is an understatement. Just take a look at the dinner table scene: dressed in crowns and capes and outfits obviously of their own choosing, each kid is doing something other than sitting and quietly eating supper. Milk has been spilt, words are being spelled out in peas, balloons bounce around here and there. Yet the parents are smiling, and the dad even sports a button saying "Proud Father of BRILLIANCE!!!" This is a "celebration."

While the artwork masterfully sets a tone of acceptance and respect for the individual, the text, which is more an exploration than a story, shows how certain "big words" make expressing yourself more fun. Some of the examples are better than others. The pages about "persistence" and "patience" are much more positive than those that show the pink-faced little sister enduring the embarrassing "consequence" of being left in at recess for expoding her bubble gum in class. The attempt to rhyme the lines is uneven, and detracts at times from what is otherwise a very empowering and enjoyable book.

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