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3 Reasons to Read The Way We Say Hello

Author: Andrea Denning

Illustrator: Blue Bean

Publisher: Starry Forest Books, 2023

AMAZON COPY: A young child searches for the best way to welcome a new baby to their family as they ask, "A special day. A special place. How will you greet a special face?" With rhyming text, heartwarming art, and educational facts about cultures and customs around the world, The Way We Say Hello takes you as far as Tibet and as near as your front yard as you learn greeting after greeting.

This beautifully-illustrated, sweet book about communication will delight not only young children, but also parents and about-to-be siblings. It's a great selection for teachers for preschool and global toddler programs, too!


1. To explore the world and its languages and customs through the kid-friendly door of greetings.

2. To enjoy beautiful, vibrant, cultural art and inspire fun movements for children to follow along with.

3. To introduce different ways to welcome a sibling -- or a friend or family member or friend-to-be when they arrive.

This fun and informative, culturally-inspired book about greetings has lots of fun facts and rolling rhyme woven throughout. It even has informative backmatter which broadens the appeal for older children. It's fun and intersting to see how the world's people say the same thing in different ways and use different expressions and actions.

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REVIEW BY: Lynne Marie

Lynne Marie is the award-winning author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten -- art by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic 2011), Hedgehog's 100th Day of School -- art by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic 2017), The Star of the Christmas Play -- art by Lorna Hussey (Beaming Books 2018), Moldilocks and the 3 Scares -- art by David Rodriguez Lorenzo (Sterling / Scholastic 2019) and Let’s Eat! Mealtime Around the World -- art by Parwinder Singh (Beaming Books 2019), The Three Little Pigs and the Rocket Project and The Three Little Pigs and the Rocket Project Coloring Book -- art by Wendy Fedan (Mac and Cheese Press, 2022), The Palace Rat -- art by Eva Santana (Yeehoo Press 2023) and more, forthcoming.

She’s the Owner/Director of,, and the Creator/Host of March On With Mentor Texts ( and Mentor Text Talk by Rate Your Story). She’s also the Co-Host of #SeasonsOfKidLit (, a Cybils Judge since 2016 ( and a Feature Columnist at Children’s Book Insider (

When she’s not mining story ideas, she lives in the heart of Florida with her family, a Schipperke named Anakin and a Chihuahua named Marlowe Charlotte (after a famous playwright and a famous author). Visit her Lynne Marie is represented by Marisa Cleveland



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