- File Size: 8606 KB
- Print Length: 52 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC; 1st edition (October 21, 2013)
- Publication Date: October 21, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00G3EWNJS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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- #34456 in Books > Children's Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers
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|Grade Level: P - 2|
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I am enchanted by this picture book. The artwork is unique and beautiful and pulled me in immediately to Zelda's world. Zelda is a busy girl with so much going on in her head that she talks and talks to her loving parents about every single thing.
Until one day when tragedy strikes and she loses her ability to use her words. Zelda withdraws into her own space, but her words keep piling up around her. Eventually Zelda finds a way to use her words on a journey of discovery, ultimately finding her way through to hope.
My kids enjoyed reading this book with me, and liked the illustrations. The images captured their imagination and they thought the word clouds were cool. As a parent, it is nice to find a book that doesn't shy away from sad subjects in order to tell a story about strength and hope, and finding your power.
Finally, as someone who works in the bereavement world, I am always on the lookout for books and tools to share with children who are struggling to find their voice after tragedy. I like the positive message in the book and how Zelda had to find her own way through to realization in the end.
This book is great!
I do have a kid at home, which means I do read children's literature quite a lot. Even though the book is in English and my son is not a native English speaker, I decided to read it together with my 7-year old boy. It was quite an experience and let me tell you why.
This wonderful book tells us a story about Zelda, a girl who is excellent with words... until a storm takes away her parents. Zelda and her grandmother search for Zelda's parents, but without any success. The words start to gather in a cloud above Zelda's head and when the time comes that the cloud is too big to be in the house, Zelda decides to take a journey to find her parents.
Silent Words is a book about grief, about not being able to express your sorrow. It is sad, yet beautiful and leaves you with the feeling of hope.
The illustrations were in my opinion beautiful and supported the written text wonderfully. They are modern, simple and appealing, also for kids.
My 7 year old boy loved the story as much I did, but the reactions to it were very different. He smiled when I was teared up, he cried when I felt hope. It's exactly how a good children's book is, it is multidimensional and influences kids and grown ups differently. My kid was asking a lot of questions about being sad, losing the parents, even about death and what comes after that. He also showed lots of empathy towards Zelda, telling me, that he understands why she can't speak and why she is sad. I was glad, that I shared the experience of this book with my son, because it helped us discussing topics which might be difficult for kids to comprehend. That's why I also think, that Silent Words is a book for older kids, especially if they are reading it alone. It raises questions which I think kids should be discussing with their parents.
I highly recommend Silent Words!
Zelda is a questioner, always curious and having a question on her lips, she will even find herself struggling momentarily for the ‘right’ word, before she just makes one up and moves on to her next question. Her parents indulged her questions, and answered them to the best of their ability. When a tragic accident happens, Zelda’s parents float away in a balloon, and her words seemed to go with her.
Zelda is living with her grandmother now: she wants to speak, to ask questions, to tell her about things that have happened, but all of her words seem to be caught in a cloud that follows her like a shadow. The longer she doesn’t speak, the larger the cloud becomes. All of the words are broken and scattered, just a big ball of letters without a word to be found.
Frustrated with the lack of words, Zelda takes a trip on her cloud, over deserts and oceans, travelling to the end of the world. Missing her parents and her words, all seems hopeless for Zelda.
I truly did enjoy this story: illustrated with a nod to a modern/cubist style that manages to enhance the words I can imagine parents and children curled up and reading this together. While the plot may be unsettling for some with parent’s being lost, Zelda is not a victim just sitting and whinging. She takes action and chases her answers: slowly the words to settle her fears form once she has done more than wish to speak.
Often as parents we don’t realize that our children’s fears are rooted in those desires that we all have for love, home, acceptance and security. This takes that issue and deals with it head-on in an entertaining way, that doesn’t overwhelm children with either their fears or the solution. Zelda is easy for them to understand, and the illustrations cleverly mix the familiar with the fantastic .
I received an eArc copy from the author for purpose of honest review with Novel Publicity tours. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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