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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Words That Soar by John Alexander begins in a musty old store where there are thousands of books on shelves and on racks, and hundreds of books on the floor, piled in stacks. There is a man with bushy white hair, sitting at a desk in his chair. The boy is dazzled by all the books there and he takes the old man's advice on which book will be right for him to read. The old man puts an old leather-bound book into his hand and tells him not to fear the words that soar and not to keep the words inside. Strange things happen that night to the boy while reading the book; things that makes him realize that he feels light when he writes down the words.
The concept is wonderful and I like the way the author has executed it; unique and refreshingly different. The illustrations give clarity to the concept and bring the author's words alive to readers. The book will encourage children to open up and express their feelings with the help of words. The book also highlights the power of words, and the little boy's adventures after opening the book are exciting and entertaining. It is an excellent book for classroom read aloud sessions as it helps children see the importance of expressing themselves in an engaging way. It is a good book for parents too when it comes to giving their children the freedom to express their thoughts and feelings.