Ava loves words. There are all kinds of words—some are bright, some are tiny, some are big, some are even prickly. “Words are ideas that break free and take flight.” But, Ava wonders, what was it like for her before she had words, when she was very little? She knew she had a lot to say, but the sounds that came out of her mouth weren’t words. Over time, as she listened to lots of words and began to understand each word had its own use. She began to imitate the word sounds until they became words and she understood how to use them. Once started, this process seemed to flow like a river, more and more words becoming her own. Ava learned and learned new words and loved them all.
Grant Snider is both author and illustrator of this cute picture book. The youngest of readers will relate to Ava’s story as they are going through the process of acquiring words themselves. The simple, cartoony, bright illustrations are the perfect complement for this subject. They support the story without distracting from the words and the message of this cute book. Little ones will love this picture book.
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