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Use Your Words, Sophie

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Charming tale of language, welcoming new sibling.

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USE YOUR WORDS, SOPHIE is a sweet book about welcoming a sibling and reacting in your own way. Sophie resorts to what seems like nonsensical babble, but there's a method to the madness: She's trying on languages for size, regressing a little, and exploring language in a fun, creative way. There's a nice intergenerational touch when Granny gets involved and helps funnel Sophie's creativity into something that's helpful for everyone -- by redirecting it toward help with the newborn.

This is a simple, easy-to-understand book about a very relatable subject, and the soft-ink, watercolor, and gouache illustrations give it a very comforting, old-timey feel. Kids will delight in some of these made-up languages and may spend a day or two making up their own.

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