“Sticks and Stone may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”
As a child this is the mantra that we were always taught to respond with if anyone every said anything nasty to us at school or in the playground. But the truth is that words can hurt. A lot. Words and Your Heart tries to turn that around and make children see that the words they use, especially when talking to others, can have an effect. Words can affect your heart, and that’s the “bit inside of you that makes you, you!”
Words and Your Heart looks at words and the power they have. It’s aim is to make children stop and think about the words that they choose to use. To think about how to make their words count. How they can uplift someone by saying the right thing to them. Encourage them and help them when they need it. Comfort them when they are sad.
The final message is how we should all use our words to look after each other’s hearts. It’s a message not just for children, but also for the adults reading the story with their children. In an age when people all too often hide away behind a screen and a keyboard, I think it is so important that we all think about what we say and the effect our words, whether good or bad, can have on others.
Today’s somebody’s world can be a better place, because of you!
The power in that statement is incredible. Let’s not waste it. And let’s encourage our children not to waste their words either.
Words and Your Heart is a beautiful way of making us all think about our words. It really is a gorgeous book, and the new mini-hardback gift edition would make a lovely present for a child. Not only are the words in the book powerful, but the illustrations alongside them really help show visually just how words affect others.
This mini hardback gift edition of Words and Your Heart is published by Simon and Schuster on 25 January 2018, ISBN 9781471168567 Priced £6.99. Paperback and Kindle versions is also available and all are online here.
Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of Words and Your Heart for the purposes of this review. All opinions remain my own. This post contains affiliate links.