Book Review: Little Bird’s Bad Word by Jacob Grant

Ages 3-5

Little Bird is out with his father flying home with dinner when his father loses the worm and he shouts out a bad word. Little Bird wants to be a big bird so he explores using his new word. He thought his friends would love it but they keep running and hiding from him. After he uses it with turtle he realizes new words aren’t always nice words. Little Bird then uses a word he knows to apologize to all his friends.

This book is fun but also helps children understand not all words are nice. Kids are sponges and will repeat any word they hear. Especially new talkers. This is a gentle way to remind kids our words have power and we have the responsibility to make sure we use our words kindly. It not only instills an important life lesson but it has rich VOCABULARY. Grant uses many unique words throughout the book. The author is careful to use a non-word to illustrate his point so children can repeat the phrase with the bird encouraging NARRATIVE SKILLS. Phrases that the reader can anticipate and participate with help the child interact with the book and it will help them later retell the story on their own. The pictures are simple and engaging and it is a story all kids and parents can relate to. LETTER KNOWLEDGE is also highlighted through the repetitive phrase of BLARK! through the story. The child will begin to recognize the shapes and the sounds those shapes make.

Skills Highlighted in the Story:


Questions to ask while reading:

1. What are the little bird and his father doing at the start of the story?

2. What happened when the father dropped the worm?

3. What did the frog do when Little Bird used his new word?

4. What do you think happened after Little Bird apologized to his friends?

Take it a step further

Get of rice, oatmeal, sand, flour or whatever you have handy in the house. Spread it on the cookie sheet. Ask your child to find the first letter of their name in the book or help them find it. Show how to trace the letter in the rice, oatmeal, sand, etc. on the cookie sheet. What other shapes and letters can they find in the book to trace?

Sidewalk chalk is another great way to help kids strengthen their fingers and hands for writing. Go outside and draw the story on the sidewalk and help your child retell it.

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