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Charming. Some Will LOVE, Others Will HATE it. As For Me, Well...
Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2018
Amazon Prime Day had a special gift for Prime Members. In addition to our one free, early read Amazon First selection, we got the other five books for free.
So, of course, I took advantage of the opportunity. Further, I jumped into reading each book and will be posting reviews as soon as possible.
"What if Everybody Said That?" is a book intended to teach children to think before they utter hurtful thoughts. Sounds like a great idea, but might it actually lead to more rudeness by some kids? Will it reduce or, perhaps, increase bully attitudes?
Although I am no child psychologist (even experienced as I am, having raised two sons who taught me most of what I needed to know!), I do have experience as a trainer. Not of children, but of adults in the workplace. For years, primarily in three African countries, I did toolbox talks to teach safety. Bear with me, please, as this is really is pertinent to this review. I learned that whatever the subject taught, a percentage (perhaps 30, perhaps 50 percent) would, sometime during the following week, test the veracity of my lesson and, quite often, suffer the very injury I warned of.
My point is, some kids are likely to decide to do in public precisely what the author intends them not to do.
Secondly, the illustrations. On the one hand, the artwork is outstanding in technical terms. But, as at least one other reviewer stated, it often displays the negative side, which, of course, is the angle the writer wrote from.
Thirdly, and, for me, this is the only reason I reduced from five stars to four: When viewed on a PC, the book displays well and the legibility is great. When viewed on my iPad 5th Generation, however, the screen is not filled and, hence, the book underwhelms the reader. Children's books work best when kids are wowed by the art, which flows from edge to edge.
Please view the attached screen shots to understand what I wrote. Note that the pic showing in portrait format is a photo taken of how it shows on my iPad. The other shows it on my PC.
For some, the book will come across as preachy. Others might be offended that it takes a negative slant or that it is too pc (politically correct). I, however, will be showing this to children when they visit my wife and me. Not on my iPad, though, but on my PC or my Mac.
Four stars out of five.
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