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By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Fun look at an immigrant's experience of a new language.

Asian boy reading book on "Gibberish" book cover

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This extraordinary picture book shows kids how it feels to be an immigrant when everything is new and strange, especially the new country's language. The story draws on author-illustrator Young Vo's own experience as an immigrant to the United States from Vietnam. Gibberish also shows how reaching out to someone in that situation can be life-changing for them. Julie finds a way to communicate with Dat through pictures. Vo has said in interviews that's how he learned English.

This is a very special, accessible picture book that teaches empathy and the value of communication -- in one way or another.

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