I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott, Sydney Smith

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What if words got stuck in the back of your mouth whenever you tried to speak? What if they never came out the way you wanted them to? Sometimes it takes a change of perspective to get the words flowing.

I wake up each morning with the sounds of words all around me.

And I can't say them all . . .

When a boy who stutters feels isolated, alone, and incapable of communicating in the way he'd like, it takes a kindly father and a walk by the river to help him find his voice. Compassionate parents everywhere will instantly recognize a father's ability to reconnect a child with the world around him.

Poet Jordan Scott writes movingly in this powerful and ultimately uplifting book, based on his own experience, and masterfully illustrated by Greenaway Medalist Sydney Smith. A book for any child who feels lost, lonely, or unable to fit in.

"an empathetic conversation-starter for families seeking help for a young — or not so young — person who stutters."—The New York Times
 
"This wrenching and beautiful book will give succor to children who stutter and expand the hearts of those lucky enough to take fluency for granted." —The Wall Street Journal 
 
"This important (and stunning) book promotes self-acceptance . . . as well as empathy" —The San Francisco Chronicle
 
"One of the most powerful books that I’ve read in 2020."—The Globe and Mail

"An astounding articulation of both what it feels like to be different and how to make peace with it."Kirkus Reviews

Age 4-8 years 

9.32"W x 10.28"H x 0.39"D 

40 pages

hardcover