Review: What To Say When You Dont Know What To Say – Davina Bell & Hilary Jean Tapper

What to Say When You Don’t Know What To Say

Davina Bell and Hilary Jean Tapper

Lothian Children’s Books

Hachette Australian

ISBN: 9780734421142

RRP $24.99

Description:

From the award-winning author of All the Ways to Be Smart, comes a warm and whimsical guide to negotiating new experiences and big emotions with empathy, kindness and words from the heart.

I’m not brave enough today. Maybe next time.
You’re hurting my feelings right now.
Want to join in?

A warm and whimsical guide to negotiating life’s little moments and big emotions with empathy, kindness and words from the heart.

From award-winning and much-loved author Davina Bell and exciting new illustrator, Hilary Jean Tapper.

My View:

Contemporary children’s books are delightful, whimsical and in this so helpful too. I don’t think this is a book for children. This is a book for adults and children. This is a book of prompts for when you are lost for words, when you have big feelings…when you aren’t feeling brave, or you are feeling sorry…happens to adults too…and sometimes just saying or hearing these words will help us out the next time we are in a situation when words escape us, when we don’t have previous experience to call upon.

A beautiful book. Put this one on your Christmas or any other occasion list. Actually, don’t wait for an “occasion” – gift this to yourself now. Or to your children’s classroom or library.

Post Script: Nest – Jorey Hurley

Nest

Nest

Jorey Hurley

Simon and Schuster Kids

Little Simon

ISBN: 9781481452106

 

Description:

Simple text and beautiful illustrations follow a baby bird through the seasons in this sweet tale now available as Classic Board Book.

 

From birth, to first flight, to a new friend, the first year of a bird’s life is full of activity and wonder. Artist Jorey Hurley pairs vivid, crisp artwork with simple, minimal text—often just one word per spread—to create a breathtaking, peaceful chronicle of nature and life’s milestones.

 

This book is now available as a Classic Board Book, perfect for young readers.

 

 

My View:

Simplistic in design but very effective use of a single word and illustration per page to convey a story – there are endless possibilities for the conversations/stories this book will allow you to conjure up when reading to your baby/toddler.

 

Colours, seasons, families, movement, emotions…a simple word says so much.

 

PS

Love a cardboard/hard board children’s book! So practical.