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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.

    A New York Times Best Children's Book of the Year

    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.
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From School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-In first-person narration about the author as a boy, this debut brings readers into the world of dysfluency, that is, stuttering. The narrator, a white boy, sits alone at the kitchen table before school, imagining how badly his day will go, and it's even worse. The letters M, P, and C bring special terrors for the garbled sounds they demand of him in a school day, when the teacher asks students to describe a favorite place. His solitude is, for readers, almost unbearable until he returns to his understanding father. He knows about a "bad speech day," and takes his son to the river. There, without many words, he explains how his son talks like the river, with ebbs and flows, a rush of sounds, emotion, and meaning streaming. The boy's dawning realization brings the story to a resonant pause, in a foldout that opens to a vast four-page spread of the sparkling waters that surround him. And then the remembrance resumes, for when he returns to school, he talks about his special place in his own manner, his dysfluency making him and his telling unique. Smith's lyrical, color-saturated paintings capture mighty nature as well as the blurred, staring faces of schoolmates, who mock and laugh but mostly do not understand the main character's inner world. An author's note, in tiny type but very personal and expressive, outlines the journey Scott has taken to make peace with himself. VERDICT By turns heartbreaking and illuminating, this picture book brings one more outsider into the fold through economy of language and an abundance of love.-Kimberly Olson Fakih, School Library Journalα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
그림작가 정보
  • 시드니 스미스(Sydney Smith)
  • 캐나다 노바스코샤 주에서 태어나 어린 시절부터 그림을 그렸다. 노바스코샤미술디자인대학(NSCAD) 졸업 후 어린이 책에 그림을 그리기 시작했고, 릴리언 셰퍼드 기념상을 비롯하여 여러 상을 받았다. 현재는 토론토에 있는 집과 온타리오 주에 있는 미술관을 오가며 다양한 미술 작업을 하고 있다.

     

    “My current studio is a converted garage in my backyard. It is fairly spacious and all mine. For the first time, I can play loud music if I want to ... I have three tables set up. One with stacks of paper, drawings, and drafts; one with art books, picture books, and my computer; and the third has paint, water and all my supplies. It’s a real mess, but I love it.

    We lost a dear friend and editor at Groundwood Books, Sheila Barry. She was a mentor to many of us authors and illustrators. Before she passed away, I was able to show her this book in its early stage. Afterward, finishing this story allowed me to process my loss. In many ways, I am the character in this book.”

     

     

글작가 정보
  • 조던 스콧(Jordan Scott)
  •  캐나다 브리티시 컬럼비아주에서 태어나 시인으로 살고 있습니다. 다수의 시집을 출간했으며, 그중 『바보(Blert)』는 말을 더듬는 것에 대해 시적으로 탐구한 작품입니다. 캐나다 시문학에 대한 공헌을 인정받아 캐나다 라트너 문학 신탁상을 수상했습니다. 작가의 자전적인 이야기를 담은 『나는 강물처럼 말해요』는 처음 쓴 어린이책입니다.

     

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