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A kiss means I love you, a wave means hello, a smile means I'm happy, a tug means let's go! This attractive picture book pairs brief, rhyming lines of text with color photos of young children expressing themselves through sounds (hurray, yum, roar) and body language (a shiver, a yawn, a hug). Each page features a close-up of a child, sometimes with an adult or a stuffed animal. Representing a broad multicultural selection of boys and girls, the portraits offer images of children who generally look at ease before the camera. The rhythmic lines of text thread the photos together in a natural sounding way. Parents and teachers could use the book to spark conversations about feelings or, more formally, as a teaching tool for kids who have trouble figuring out others' reactions based on body language and other visual cues. Either way, this inviting picture book offers opportunities for observation, empathy, and open-ended discussion.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist
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PreS-Allen and Futran have created a book with a purpose that is also fun to read. Bright, close-up photos pair well with the text to illustrate different facial expressions and body language. The basics are covered: "A laugh means it's funny, a cry means I'm sad." A few less-common examples are also included. "A shiver means I'm chilly/(please warm me up quick). A sniffle,/a sneeze,/and a cough/mean I'm sick." Each expression or gesture is easy to see in the large, uncluttered photos of very young children. The rhythm of the text is bouncy and easy to read aloud. This title will work well in a program or one-on-one.-Laura Stanfield, Campbell County Public Library, Ft. Thomas, KY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.