Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker ( ages 3 to 6)
By : Christianne Jones & Richard Watson
Publisher : Picture Window ( Aug.,2013)
This is a wonderful book about a non-stop talking little owl, who is too busy talking and has no time to listen to anyone. Her homework is left undone, Food not eaten. And sometimes a nuisance to others; she disturbs her brother while he tries to watch a movie on the television. But one morning, she falls sick and temporarily loses her voice. Imperatively though, she turns into a great listener and she gets to see and learn more things than ever. She learns that her friend can tell really funny jokes, her homework gets done and she gets to actually listen to a movie.
The very realistic end note where ,when Lacey recovers she talks less and a bit more work and listening are added to her schedule, is the most acceptable conclusion.
As the story refers to cartoon animals, it applies an overall lightheartedness to the book. And it is also helpful in attracting attention.The animal characters are done with beauty with many attractive features. The little owl dressed-up in a pink buttoned dress and a pink bow on her head will find her way into many little hearts.The narration, written mostly in simple phrases adds-up to the accessibility of the story. Jones artfully delivers the benefits of talking less and listening through Lacey`s new discoveries. .
This story surely describes many young members of many households. And certainly they will all appreciate it.