Tyaja Uses the Think Test: A Story About the Power Of Words by Linda Ryden, illustrated by Shearry Malone. Tilbury House Publishers, 9780884487357, 2019
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? This book is a wonderful tool to help children make the right choices in communicating with others. In this story, a teacher is talking to her class about using the “THINK” test before saying something to another friend. Basically, the letters represent True, Helpful, Necessary, and Kind. The “I” in “Think” is that the child needs to ask themselves, “Is what I’m about to say true, helpful, necessary, and kind”. The teacher points out that if a comment they are going to make does not pass this test, then it is best not to make the comment.
What I really liked about this book is that one young girl named Tyaja puts this process to the test when she wants to comment on her friend’s new haircut. Tyaja does not like her haircut and feels that she is being truthful and it is necessary to tell her friend how she feels. However, she is visited by the “THINK fairies” and they help her work through this dilemma. I thought this was an important part of the book because children can walk through their own scenarios and determine what they would do in situations in their own lives.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing
To whom would you recommend this book? Perfect for children between the ages of five and eight.
Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, anyone who works with children between the ages of five and eight.
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books or even picture books in a parenting section.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer Kristin Guay, former youth librarian
Date of review: September 4, 2019