Jacky & Raff

and the Language of YES

Children - Picture Book
34 Pages
Reviewed on 07/07/2022
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Reviewed by Lexie Fox for Readers' Favorite

Jacky & Raff and the Language of YES is a children’s picture book written by Viki de Lieme and illustrated by Maria Burobkina. After falling out with his family by yelling at his mother, Jacky the jackal runs away only to meet an easy-going giraffe named Raff who helps him understand the effect that words can have. This is a wonderful way of introducing young children to the basics of mindfulness. By using a young jackal whose feelings and experiences will be very familiar to young readers, the author creates an accessible point of entry for the story and its important lessons.

Raff is a delightfully presented dispenser of wisdom for young Jacky, and the discussion of phrasing things as a yes in order to understand and express what you really want is a great idea for childhood development. One of the biggest barriers in the parent and child relationship is being able to express what you really want in a way that the other understands. With Viki de Lieme’s concept of the language of yes, we find a great prompt for both parent and child to stop and think about what they want and how to articulate it. In addition to being a useful tool in supporting your child’s emotional development, Jacky & Raff and the Language of Yes is a gorgeous book to read together, thanks to the beautiful artwork of Maria Burobkina which emphasizes the delightful whimsy of the story. An accessible moral to an engaging story about two friends and the way we articulate ourselves to others, I recommend this book to all parents looking for a great bedtime read.

Philip Van Heusen

Jacky is a jackal and Raff is a giraffe. They are very different, yet they become friends. Jacky runs away from home after an argument with his mom. As he stews over being told what to do and when to do it, he meets Raff, who suggests that Jacky tries a different approach when responding to his mom. In Jacky and Raff: And the Language of Yes, Viki de Lieme teaches children how to approach life positively. Raff advises that instead of always saying, “No,” Jacky should try saying, “Yes,” and explain what he is feeling. Too often, children do not feel validated or heard. Viki understands this and writes so children can learn how to present their needs positively.

A child’s favorite word tends to be “no.” No one has to teach a child to say “no.” They just say it. Jacky the jackal is typical, but he develops a new language with his friend Raff that he calls The Language of Yes. Parents can use this book to help their children become more positive - an attitude that will serve them throughout their lives. When a child learns to be assertive instead of aggressive, people are more likely to understand and recognize them. Jacky thinks his feelings are being ignored. Positive attitudes are more often recognized and validated. Read this book by Viki de Lieme with your children and help them learn how to express their needs and feelings positively. The illustrations are delightful, and your children will enjoy seeing Jacky and his mom interact. They also will enjoy Raff.

Miche Arendse

Jacky and Raff: And the Language of YES by Viki de Lieme follows the tale of Jacky, the little jackal cub. Jacky is upset after having a disagreement with his mom one morning and doesn’t know what to do. He decides he won’t be going home for breakfast because he is simply too upset. While wandering around he comes across an odd-looking tree that looks yellow, has spots, and even moves. What he thought was a tree turns out to be a giraffe. Raff the giraffe helps Jacky solve his problems by teaching him about the language of Yes.

Jacky and Raff is a sweet and insightful children’s book that touches on something many parents and children will experience. This story teaches children how to express themselves in a positive manner instead of reacting negatively to those around them. A child needs to learn how to communicate, especially at a young age, so I enjoyed this story and thought it had a wonderful message. The tale itself is told in an amusing way that is sure to engage young children and keep them entertained while allowing them to take in the information and learn from it. The cute and vibrant illustrations just add to the charm of the book. I think that Viki de Lieme has a lot to offer in this children’s book and I would certainly recommend it.