A departure from orthodoxy, the Rands' latest book is about the concept of words -- how they sound, their power to communicate how we feel, how hot the sun is, how pretty a seashell is. This abstract concept is expressed with bright montages which suggest cut paper. There are clowns and telephones, suns and moons, hares and pears, with the bold patterns reminiscent of Matisse. For pre-schoolers and first graders this book might serve as a catalyst toward more awareness of words and a building block toward that interest in language which is an integral part of learning to read. But Mother or an interested adult must be on hand to talk about the book and the ideas, which fork into the two paths of reading and language. Artistically it's twentieth century and fresh and exciting, by author Ann Rand and artist Paul Rand who collaborated on I Know a Lot of Things.