A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Lessons on empathy, understanding how it feels to stutter, and the end of the book has information about the complexity of speech.
Be patient with yourself when things are hard, love yourself, and be understanding of others when they face difficulties.
Positive Role Models
His father is kind, understanding, loving and helps his son love himself.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jordon Scott's I Talk Like a River is a beautiful, vulnerable, first-person perspective on how it feels to have a stutter, and it shines with its empathy and gentle beauty. The gorgeous illustrations and loving support from the boy's father help readers feel what it is like to have a stutter, to feel words trapped inside and to be embarrassed that they can't come out. The message is relatable to readers young and old, and anyone who has had a "bad speech day" will feel deeply understood. At the end of this remarkable book, the author explains his own history with stuttering and his father's ways of calming and reassuring him.
Is It Any Good?
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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