Lacey Walker likes to talk. And talk. And talk. She never stops. She talks so much that she is reminded daily by her mother, father, brother and teacher to stop talking and focus on the tasks at hand. One morning Lacey wakes up and discovers she has lost her voice.
She tries to whisper, she tries to shout and she even tries to sing but nothing happens. Her voice is gone.
Lacey is sad but goes through the motions of the day and as she does so she makes some wonderful discoveries.
When you can’t talk, eating breakfast doesn’t take nearly that long and there is time to finish homework.
When you can’t talk, you can listen to your friends and learn new things about them.
When you can’t talk, you get gold stars in class for finishing your work on time.
When you can’t talk, you learn that watching monster movies with your brother is a lot of fun.
When you can’t talk, you get ready for bed on time which gives you time for two bedtime stories.
Lacey discovers all this and more. The next morning Lacey’s voice returns and she is just as talkative as ever as she excitedly tells everyone what she has discovered while not having a voice. And while Lacey admits that she still likes to talk. And talk. And talk. Lacey also admits that she likes to listen once in a while too.
With bright bold colors and friendly looking illustrations this is a good book to read one on one and/or to large groups. I thought the story was good in getting the message across to kids that you miss out on a lot in life if you are always talking and never listening.
The story does this but without being preachy or in your face about its message.
As a story Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker will mostly appeal to young children but its message could benefit slightly older children too.
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