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I Talk Like a River

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Beautiful, personal tale of boy's struggles with stuttering.

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Direct, poetic language and beautiful, flowing illustrations turn a story about stuttering into a rare gem for all ages, full of emotion, empathy, and insight into the mind of a boy who stutterers. I Talk Like a River is a gentle picture book with a deeply emotional look at the feelings of shame and frustration that come with "bad speech days" and a direct, loving example of how parents and caregivers can help a stuttering child feel understood. The way the boy describes his feelings -- sounds stuck in his throat, embarrassment, sadness -- connect deeply to readers in this essential, amazing book. At the end, author Jordan Scott chronicles his own history with stuttering, and his father's response that shaped both his life and this story.

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