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Henry Finds His Word

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Baby says first word in sweet, amusing book.

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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.

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