Delaunois, Angèle. Art by Manon Gauthier. Magic Little Words…to Help You Through Your Day. Owlkids Books. 2015. Unp. $16.95. 9781771471060. Ages 2-7. P8 Q8
Why do we say “I’m sorry” or “Please”? Magic Little Words is a child’s reference to everyday respectful behavior and the important meanings behind well-known polite phrases. Originally written in French, the text is translated very well; although, the original version has a slightly more poetic description of “goodnight”. The English translation would benefit from the inclusion of the “excuse me” page found in the original, but it was left out. Children will appreciate Gauthier’s youthful artwork. Each page is filled with three dimensional dada-esque collages with a muted palate of red, black, and some color. Magic Little Words is a useful resource for young children who are beginning to learn manners.
September 2015 review by Lillian Curanzy.