Title: SILENT WORDS
Author: Chantal Fournier
Illustrator: Nicolas Lajeunesse
Publish Date: 10.21.13
Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC
Category /Genre: Children's Lit
Recommended for: Beginning readers
Grammar/editing: A – near perfect
Received from: Chantal Fournier & Nicolas Lajeunesse (in exchange for an honest review)
Tour by: Novel Publicity
Goodreads: Silent Words
Date completed: 12.11.13
Description from the publisher:
Evolved Publishing presents a wonderful journey into the discovery of language, with Silent Words, the colorful children’s picture book by Chantal Fournier (author) and Nicolas Lajeunesse (illustrator). [DRM-Free]
[Children’s Picture Book, Beginning Reader]
Zelda loves to talk. She always asks a million questions, and her head is full of words like apple, bunny, cartwheel and dwizzledoodle. But when a sudden storm turns Zelda’s world upside down, all her words go silent. Zelda must embark on a quest across mountains, forests, and oceans to find her parents—and her voice.
This moving tale about loss and hope will tug at your heartstrings. Author Chantal Fournier’s poetic storytelling style and illustrator Nicolas Lajeunesse’s evocative artwork combine to create a poignant story in which a child discovers comfort in the power of words.
Zelda is a little chatterbox. When her parents are blown away in a freak wind, she is orphaned and stops speaking. The words in her head escape and become a cloud that follows her. Using her cloud of words, she travels far and wide to search for her parents and her voice.
This is a first book for Ms. Fournier and she has shown herself to be an admirable storyteller.
For most children, this would be a nice beginning reader book exploring the power of reading. There is also something to be said for this book being made available to children who have lost a parent. I can see this as a stepping stone in a small child's healing process. I hope I am included when Ms. Fournier produces her next book, GRAVITY FARM.
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