With warmth and wisdom that speaks to the hearts of little ones, Words to Love By--written by #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren, and illustrated by Ag Jatkowska--is an inspirational, heartfelt look at language and how children can use their words to encourage, forgive, express gratitude, heal, and love.
Words to Love By teaches children ages 4-8 to understand:
- How their words can change their lives and the lives of those around them
- How everyone must take ownership of their words
"Words may be small, but they can do BIG things. Words can encourage. They can bring out the best in people. They can spread love and kindness ... and let us know we're not alone."
Pastor Rick Warren's picture book:
- Features charming illustrations and engaging text for kids
- Is a wonderful read-aloud picture book for parents and kids, grandparents and grandchildren, and teachers and students
- Is perfect for birthdays, Easter, Valentine's Day, holidays, or as an addition to your family library
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About the Author
Ag Jatkowska was born in Gdansk, Poland. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk with an MA in Graphic Design and Illustration. She lives in Bath, England.
Using a series of relatable, concrete examples, pastor and bestselling adult author Warren (The Purpose Driven Life) introduces young readers to the idea that the words one chooses to speak can greatly affect others. Alongside Warren's brief passages of text ('Words can encourage.... They can bring out the best in people'), Jatkowska's sunny mixed-media vignettes feature ethnically diverse children using language that spurs positive actions and reactions. In one spread, four spot illustrations, connected via arrows and dotted lines, demonstrate how one 'can spread love and kindness.' Hurtful, angry words and phrases are also addressed, though Warren's suggestion to be careful with one's words feels heavy-handed: 'Once you send them out into the world, you can't get them back.' This ode to compassionate language should have broad appeal. Ages 4--8. (Dec.)--Publishers Weekly