Sylvie enjoys How to Eat a Poem, one of the poetry books the kids got for Christmas. There are many terrific poems in this one, including a passage from the Inuit poem "Magic Words." This is my favourite bit:
That was the time when words were like magic.
The human mind had mysterious powers.
A word spoken by chance
Might have strange consequences.
It would suddenly come alive
And what people wanted to happen could happen
All you had to do was say it.