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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 200L (What's this?)
  • Series: Best Behavior Series
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing; Ages 4-7, Paperback edition (April 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575421569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575421568
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–This cheerful, instructive title highlights the power of words. The focus is on children taking personal responsibility for what they say, as well as thinking before speaking. Communication skills that promote friendship and other key social skills are encouraged. Bright, colorful illustrations convey the messages well via body language and facial expression. Examples expose the negative impact caused by the use of hurtful words and the effective use of the simple, powerful phrase, "I'm sorry." Also included are steps for adults and children to take to get help with a serious problem, such as abuse. This title is similar in scope to Lauren Murphy Payne and Claudia Rohling's We Can Get Along (Free Spirit, 1997), but encompasses a broader range of relationships, along with activity and discussion suggestions for involved adults.–Sharon A. Neal, Immaculata University, PA
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PreS. Before addressing the topic of the power of language, Verdick helps preschoolers focus on the fun of it, with words that are super short, really long, or just plain silly. She reminds young children that their words belong to them; they choose what to say and how to say it. She uses examples to help preschoolers understand how words can be helpful ("Let's work together") or hurtful ("You're stupid"), and she explores the feelings that result after hearing unkind words. She also explains how to take back hateful words by saying "I'm sorry," and what children can do when they hear something cruel being said. The brightly colored drawings, which bring the minimal text to life, are especially effective at showing the range of emotions children experience when they hear unkind language. An excellent resource for sharing at home and at preschools, this title closes with activities and discussion starters for adults to use with young children. Karen Hutt
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More About the Author

Elizabeth Verdick writes for young people of all ages, from toddlers to teens. Her newest book is "Peep Leap," a story about a baby wood duck that must find the courage to take a giant leap to the pond where his family awaits. She coauthored "The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders," a book for children and preteens who have autism or Asperger's Syndrome. Elizabeth has written two series of board books for toddlers, including the Best Behavior series ("Teeth Are Not for Biting," "Words Are Not for Hurting") and Toddler Tools ("Manners Time," "Calm-Down Time"). She has also written many books in the Laugh and Learn series for older children, which includes "Don't Behave Like You Live in a Cave" and "Siblings: You're Stuck with Each Other, So Stick Together."

Books in all of these series have received numerous awards, including the Henry Bergh Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Book, Gold Mom's Choice Award, and iParenting Media Award Excellent Product.

She lives in Minnesota with her husband, daughter, son, and many pets.

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This book really helped me teach my kids how words can affect others.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
Written by parenting columnist Elizabeth Verdick with an age-appropriate vocabulary, and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen, Words Are Not For Hurting was designed especially for children ages 4 to 7, a time of growing vocabularies and increasing social interaction with peers and others. The simple, positive message is think before speaking, and choosing not only what to say but how to say it. Young readers will also learn of the power in saying "I'm sorry" when the speak words that hurt the feelings of others. Enhanced with a special section at the end that includes activities and discussion starters, Words Are Not For Hurting is confidently recommended for home, school, and childcare center early childhood library resources and character education reading lists.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 3, 2006
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This is an excellent book using age appropriate language to send out the message of just how hurtful and harmful words can be. We all know the doggerel bravado verse of sticks and stones is just a crock. I never bought it because words are infinitely more painful than any stick or stone. I think that deceptive verse should be changed to:

Sticks and stones may break my bones,
But words hurt so much more.

Words have the power to hurt or build esteem; to reinforce one's self image and to cause one to feel they are liked or disliked. I think this is an excellent book with a message that cannot be stressed enough. The activities and teaching how to give sincere apologies as opposed to those to appease the adult in question with the idea of deflecting further punishment is also an invaluable lesson. I also like the way the message of harmful words are not limited to peers. It is a good wake up call to how adults in general talk to children and to one another. This book deserves a place of honor!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shakti on November 6, 2006
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My son is three and a half and goes to daycare. He's exactly at the age where he's picking up a lot vocabulary (not all desirable) from school and friends which he's using to express his anger or frustration. I thought it was a good book to help him understand the power of words and how he can use positive words instead of negative ones...even to express his negative emotions. It's slow going but the book helped me with ideas and with words to coach him.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jaime on February 24, 2006
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This book does a great job reinforcing how powerful words are. The book sends out a great message in a child centered and creative way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Hansen on July 1, 2007
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the kids love this book and it is very helpful to remind them. I find myself quoting it and the kids never tire of it and seems to sink in to them. highly recomend all of this series.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Evans on January 9, 2007
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My son has had some anger issues, so I ordered all the books in this series. He loves them! He asks to read them all the time, and they even seem to be helping a little, too. This particular book also includes many helpful ideas for dealing with anger and temper tantrums. I'll take any help I can get!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Casey K. Conrad on January 12, 2007
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This book is a good reminder for both parents and children to watch what they say. I really enjoyed its message and the story, as did my child.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on December 26, 2012
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This book teaches another wonderful lesson that goes with this series by Elizabeth Verdick. I recommend them all for the great lesson, text and illustrations.
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