A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Lessons about language learning and development.
Keep trying and you'll learn what you want to. And relax! Sometimes you learn things when you're developmentally ready.
Positive Role Models
Baby Henry wants to talk and communicate. He tries and tries. Finally he says his first word!
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Henry Finds His Word is a fun book about babies learning to talk. Though the target preschool reader may already be talking a blue streak, families can reminiscence about the reader's babyhood and share happy family memories. In the story, baby Henry has not yet said his first actual word, though he's readying himself by doing lots of babbling. Then one day, frustrated and needing help, he vocalizes his first recognizable word, one he soon finds comes in very handy for lots of situations: "Mama!"
Is It Any Good?
Henry Finds His Word is fun and funny, cute as a pudgy-wudgy baby. But it's also stealthily accurate about language acquisition, which adds to its pleasures. When babies babble ("beep boop"), they're trying out sounds and also learning important conversational skills such as turn taking. Mothers and other emotionally important caregivers know this instinctively and talk to babies in goo-goo, ga-ga hyper-inflected speech known as "Motherese." And youngsters are particularly motivated to talk when they need to communicate. All this is implicit in the story, never dry and academic. Kids can have fun remembering how they themselves learned language and how their families encouraged them.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.