In this “all-ages” picture book, W. Nikola-Lisa addresses the nagging social issue of verbal bullying. Artfully designed in black-and-white using abstracted portions of enlarged letterforms, Please Don’t Say An X Word offers a jumping off point for that all-important discussion about bullying with students, co-workers, and/or family members.
But wait, just what is an x word? In math “x” stands for a missing quantity, as in the equation 2(x) = 4, where x equals 2. And so it is in this book where “x words” stand for all the “bad… angry… hurtful… words” we use to demean, denigrate, or bully someone else.
Using just the right amount of humor and thoughtfulness, W. Nikola-Lisa, author of the award-winning Bein’ With You This Way, urges us to reflect on how we treat each other, especially through verbal assaults, while, at the same time, encouraging us to explore the immense richness and beauty of language.
A really sweet alphabet book that introduces letters and new words whilst also encouraging children to consider their choice of words and the impact they may have. A great choice for parents of conscientious children. (5 out of 5 stars)
When you read this out loud with your young child companion, you have to pronounce the Z as 'zee'. There's a point in my stating that, which you'll see when you find the actual pun that closes this book, and which is at the heart of it. It's a paean to having a vocab, asking us to use more words than we might think we know, beginning with each and every letter of the alphabet – except, of course, for the repeated instruction that makes up the title... It is a slightly strange little read, and the whole thing is kind of hampered by English using two subtly different indefinite articles, but for me the book was a success. (4 out of 5 stars)
A nice introduction to teach kids that words have meaning and to keep kids mindful of the things they are saying. I really liked the simplicity of the book and the contrast of the black and white. (3 out of 5 stars)
Title: Please Don't Say An X Word
Author: W. Nikola-Lisa
Publisher: Gyroscope Books
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Age Levels: 9-12
Grade Levels: 3-6
Page Count: 52
Library of Congress Control Number: 2019917737
PCIP data included on copyright page
Pub date: April 21, 2020
Available in the following formats:
ISBN: 978-1734192308 (hardcover)
ISBN: 978-1734192315 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-1734192322 (e-book)
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