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The Clever Stick by John Lechner

Published by Candlewick Press

Pages: 40

Ages: 5-8

Publishers Summary: Is it enough for a stick to be sharp if he can’t share his thoughts? A sweet, simple fable about finding one’s voice is sure to inspire creative
minds of all ages.
The stick has always been clever: it solves difficult problems, enjoys poetry, and ponders the music of birds and the beauty of a rose. The one thing it can’t do is speak. And because of this, no one can see that the stick is clever; all they can see is a stick. John Lechner, the creator of A FROGGY FABLE, follows the most unlikely of heroes on a journey of self-discovery, arriving at a place that will surprise and enchant readers everywhere.

The Turkeybird Speaks: “Can you even imagine not being able to talk? That would be crazy!

“I have to say, I’m not always much of a talker myself, I leave that to Littlebug, but to not be able to talk at all would be hard I think. This poor little stick can’t even say hi to the squirrels in the beginning, but by the end he’s dancing and drawing some of the neatest pictures. Best of all, he makes lots of friends by the end! They all think he’s so neat because of his drawings. I’m really into drawing right now too, so I thought that was so neat! This is really a great book, I hope you will read it with a kiddo very soon!”

Mom’s Two Cents: “When you don’t have  a voice, how do you find yours? For a lonely stick who travels throughout the forest admiring the world around this is his one desire. He lacks a way to share his thoughts and enthusiasm, to reach out to the others in his world. It’s only by a happy accident that he discovers his voice by dragging his way through the sand. Once he’s discovered a way to share the Clever Stick never goes back, he’s forever changed. With new friends and an exciting new way to express himself he looks forward to a bright future.

“This is such wonderful book. Especially for young readers trying to find their own voice. With a surge of new readers using picture books in middle grade and high school curriculum’s I could see this book being added to the list easily. It tackles an often tough subject for nearly every person. I know that even as a reviewer and blogger I’ve struggled to find the best way to express how I feel about books and the other things I write about. But what The Clever Stick shows is what truly matters is that you express yourself in the best way you know how, by being yourself and enjoying it. When you can accomplish that you discover a happiness just by being you. It’s fantastic! A message children especially will be able to relate to.

“Coupled with the beautiful illustrations, John Lechner’s book The Clever Stick tackles a tough subject with grace. Showing readers that it may be difficult to find out who you really are, but in the end it is worth it. And more often than not, those that see you for who you really are will appreciate you that much more. A brilliant picture book that reaches beyond the young readers it was initially targeted for, nearly anyone who reads The Clever Stick will relate to this simple character’s journey.”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 3-10. Perfect for all ages. A gorgeous picture book about discovering who you truly are and delighting in it.

The Clever Stick Activity Kit

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7 Responses to Book Review: The Clever Stick by John Lechner

  1. Gina says:

    It is often through friends and new outlets for expression that we are changed forever…for the best usually too. Sounds like a wonderful book for readers of all ages. The younger set learn valuable lessons on finding your voice and the older set receive a great reminder of using (not losing) that advantage. Great review…thanks for sharing! ^_^

  2. Marsha Riti says:

    I want a copy!!! No, I want two copies! So I have one to share with all my artist/writer friends. Wonderful interview John, and amazing work!

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  4. Raquel says:

    I’m a huge fan of John Lechner’s work! His artwork is superb and each book has a touching and sensitive message! So glad that Turkeybird liked the book. 🙂

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