The lovely pictures in Sherrill Cannon’s book The Magic Word really complement the text, making it easy for a child to follow the storyline. The book invites early readers with large clear pages of writing opposite full-page illustrations. The text has a nice rhythm and rhyme without feeling too forced, and the font is very simple and clear. Non-readers will read the pictures very easily while their elder siblings follow the words.
The story’s a nice everyday tale of a child learning the benefits of good behavior; saying “Please” and “Thank you,” not pushing into line, sharing toys... A nice mix of children join the main character in the school playground. And the mother is very politely addressed as Mrs. Keys—a pleasing touch that fits in nicely with the story. With a main character who’s just starting school, this would be a great book for pre-schoolers and any parents or grandparents who feel their children need a nudge to “say the magic word.” The pleasing refrain of Elisabeth hearing her mother’s voice in her head gives a nice way to tell children “how” to remember.
Disclosure: I read this ebook as a judge in the Children’s Picture Book category of the Dan Poynter Global eBook Awards
Causes Sherrill Cannon Supports
St. Jude's Childrens, Washington National Cathedral, Native American College Fund, Toys for Tots, American Red Cross, ALA of PA, Duke University, National...