Fighting Words

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Pub Date Sep 17 2024 | Archive Date Sep 17 2024

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Description

The award-winning author of Abuelita and Me explores the power of language in this energetic, imaginative picture book that takes readers on a wild word chase.

When Ali’s cousin rips his favorite book, angry words explode out of him. The words are so angry, they come to life! They tease Ama, wreak havoc on their abuelita’s home, and crash through the neighborhood. Ali didn’t mean to hurt anyone, but now that the words are on the loose, it’s up to him to catch them—and to repair the damage they’ve done.

Acclaimed illustrator Erika Medina brings Ali’s word monsters to life in this fun and fast-paced exploration of anger, accountability, and resolving conflict.

The award-winning author of Abuelita and Me explores the power of language in this energetic, imaginative picture book that takes readers on a wild word chase.

When Ali’s cousin rips his favorite...


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EDITION Hardcover
ISBN 9781773219011
PRICE $18.99 (USD)
PAGES 32

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Outstanding illustrations and story. This story shows us the power of words, especially mean words. How quickly they can get out of hand and how hard they are to recover. It also shows that it is ok to be angry, just be careful how you process this anger. I was blessed with a free ARC, and I’m voluntarily leaving my review. Highly recommend, but not as a bedtime story.

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Wow, what a powerful book. One that all children (& adults!) need to read. This book validates anger as an important emotion to express and understand. Ali loves his insect book. His cousin Ama takes the book & both kids fight over it. Before you know it, RIP. And on Ali's favorite page! Ali is angry, however, that anger takes on a life of its own & shows the impact that hateful, hurtful words can have. They jump on top of Ama's head. They rip his Abuelita's special cushions. They even jump on a dog & pull his tail. It's not until Ali comes up with a plan to capture them & then apologizes do his words stop & disappear. I've noticed a few reviews on Goodreads note their disagreement with how the book ends, or how the book portrays the anger. And to that, I would encourage them to re-read the book. Children need to see what can happen when anger takes over, the consequences of those words. The book says "Then, he took a couple of deep breaths and..." This is the perfect conversation starter to learning that it's okay to be angry & that sometimes we may do or say things we don't mean because we allow that anger to take over. But by encouraging deep breaths (take these with the kids in the moment during the book) & then apologizing & working together to fix what has been broken. It's our job as the adults to use a book like this as a starter for social emotional learning. This is one I cannot wait to purchase personally for my own children & also for our children's literacy nonprofit organization to donate.

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