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Sparkle and Spin: A Book About Words

Sparkle and Spin: A Book About Words

Ann Rand, Paul Rand
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Chronicle Books, 2006   ISBN: 978-0811850032

What are words? They are what you use to bring "what you think inside" out into the open. With words you can describe your world and you can name the things that fill your life; the things in your home, the animals you see, the people you love. One very important thing that words can do is to help you tell others how you feel. And, if you need something, words are there to help you tell others what that something is.

These are just a few of the things that words do for us on a daily basis. They make our lives fuller and they fill our days with beauty, ugliness, fun, and pain. In short, words enrich out lives and help us to connect with others.

This lyrical and cleverly presented picture book puts into words what words do for us. We all take words for granted, and this celebration of words that are spoken and written - that are shouted and whispered - helps us  to remember that words are priceless gifts that make our lives better every day. Colorful multimedia artwork provides the perfect backdrop for the rhythmic and descriptive text.