Use Your Words review by cowboys1
Use Your Words
Age Range - 5 - 8
Genre - Juvenile Fiction

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Age at time of review - 12
Reviewer's Location - Naples, FL, United States
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Ramesh and Suresh are two brothers from India. They speak 3 different languages, but they insist on speaking gibberish to their mother. This makes their mother very angry, so when they refuse to "use their words," their mother sends them to their room.

While they are in their room, the brothers go on a magical journey to a land filled with strange creatures that speak nothing but gibberish. During their time in this land, the brothers learn a valuable lesson about why using your words is important for communicating with others.

 

Opinion: 

I liked the general plot of this story, and the references to Hindu culture and Holi, the festival of colors, were interesting. In the front of the story there was a glossary of the Hindu terms and a blurb about Holi, which was neat and helpful!

I found the part of the story where the boys traveled from their room to the strange land a little odd. It just didn't seem to make sense. There was no explanation for why this portal may be opening. I feel a little more description to this part of the story would make it more believable, even though it is a fantasy.

This story would be fabulous for parents who have children who think it is cute to speak in gibberish or baby talk. It would also be good for teachers who have students who are learning English and try to communicate just by using hand gestures. This is a good book, and I would recommend it to others.

Rating:
4
Content Rating:

Content rating - nothing offensive

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There is nothing in this story that would be inappropriate for any age.
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