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Noah Webster and His Words Hardcover – October 23, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547390556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547390550
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 10.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

K-Gr 3-Best known today for his dictionary, Webster was an important figure in early American education. As the new nation was forming, he championed the idea of standardized spellings and usage. He simplified British words, such as "plough" to "plow," and published the first American schoolbooks. This picture-book biography bursts with charm in telling Webster's story. The author puts some words into dictionary form as a reminder of Webster's claim to fame. For example, instead of a farmer, "Noah wanted to be SCHOL-AR [noun: one who goes to school; a person who knows a lot]." The watercolor-and-pencil cartoon illustrations are a perfect complement to the text. A page describing Webster's high self-confidence depicts him with a huge head. An image of young Noah nose to nose with his irritated father is both funny and telling. Primary and secondary sources are listed, as are websites for more information and activities. This informative book would be a great addition to dictionary lessons or to studies of the formation of the United States.-Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"This informative book would be a great addition to dictionary lessons or to studies of the formation of the United States."
School Library Journal, starred review

"A good deal more fun than the subject might suggest."
Booklist

"The volume is a wonderful success in introducing Webster in such a charming manner."
Kirkus

"Ferris presents a unique and inspiring cradle-to-grave biography . . . [a] useful and entertaining volume."
Horn Book

"The clever text, insertion of dictionary words, and hilarious illustrations make this a perfect book for everyone who loves words. This is a book to remember!"
—California Kids

"Engaging."
Bulletin

"It's just as timely as old-timey — a charming book about a boy who preferred to read rather than do as his forefathers did."
New York Times Book Review

"Delightful, educational, and completely fascinating."
Huffington Post

"What really singles out this picture book is its ability to incorporate definitions within the text without sounding contrived."
—EW.com

"A rousing success."
Publishers Weekly, starred review


More About the Author

JERI CHASE FERRIS is the award-winning author of twelve biographies for children and young adults, published by Lerner Books and HoughtonMifflin/Harcourt. She specializes in biographies of people from 1776 to 1936 who overcame difficulties or discrimination or worse, to do great and important deeds for America. Many of her books are about multicultural heroes who, until recently, have been sadly omitted from history. Others are about important people you may not know, yet. For example - Noah Webster! NOAH WEBSTER & HIS WORDS, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, is an SCBWI Golden Kite Award winner for best nonfiction book of 2012. Her books have won lots of other awards too (see www.jerichaseferris.com).

Jeri retired from a happy 30-year teaching career several years ago in order to write full time. As a history major, Jeri loves the research process (easier than actually writing!) and she travels all over the world to research and collect information on her subjects. She is currently completing a historical fiction for young adults set in Leningrad, USSR (now St. Petersburg, Russia) during the 900-day Siege in WWII. This book, SURROUNDED: THE NAZI NOOSE, comes from her passion for Russia and its history, culture, and people, and her desire to convey the unimaginable experiences of the people and youth of 1941 Leningrad to American young people and adults.

When she's not writing or traveling or researching or reading, Jeri is probably riding her big sorrel rescue horse Pamyat ("to remember" in Russian), or dancing, or acting, or singing, or playing with her Scottie dog Nasha ("ours" in Russian). Or she might be studying Russian (one of these days she'll get it), or working on her blog or her newspaper column. Speaking of riding, when Jeri was demonstrating her horseback riding skills at the Nebraska State Fair some years ago, she fell off her horse and broke her arm in front of the whole crowd. (One of these days she'll get it.)



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It is so clever and well done.
P. Berg
I love when I find a picture book biography that's enjoyable for me and my eight year old son.
Barb Mechalke
Highly recommended for teachers, librarians and parents.
Linda Joy Singleton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Connie Goldsmith on October 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"Noah Webster & His Words," by Jeri Chase Ferris, illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch. (Houghton Mifflin). Long before Noah Webster wrote his dictionary - the second most popular book ever printed in English - he believed in the young nation of America.

And "Noah Webster always knew he was right and never got tired of saying so (even if sometimes, he wasn't). He was, he said, `full of CON-FI-DENCE' [noun: belief that one is right] from the very beginning."

After graduating from Yale in 1778 during the Revolutionary War, Webster decided to become a teacher. He wrote the first American spelling book, an American grammar book, a reader, many other schoolbooks, a magazine and a newspaper! He started his dictionary in 1807 and planned to include every English word in it, including new American words such as skunk, dime and tomahawk. He read thousands of books. He studied twenty languages. And two thousand pages and twenty years later, when Webster was 70 years old, Webster's Dictionary was published.

The clever text, insertion of dictionary words, and hilarious illustrations make this a perfect book for everyone who loves words. Don't miss the detailed timeline, "Noah Webster and the New United States of America" that ties Webster's work to concurrent events in American history. This is a book to remember!

Connie Goldsmith, Children's Book Reviewer for California Kids, a Sacramento regional parenting publication, and The New York Journal of Books
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Berg on November 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I bought Noah Webster and His Words for my niece and 2 nephews but couldn't resist reading it before I sent it off in the mail. I chucked and grinned at both the text and the illustrations. It is so clever and well done. I loved the timeline at the back of the book and how the jacket stayed in the dictionary theme even in introducing the author and the illustrator.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 7, 2012
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Well written and illustrated, Jeri Chase Ferris and Nicent X Kirsch have outdone themselves. I liked NOAH WEBSTER AND HIS WORDS so much I bought a copy for my eight year old great nephew and one for myself as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By . Mary Howard on December 27, 2012
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fun illustrations, lively language, gifted to great-grandchildren , and recommended to local newspaper subscribers to read and pass to libraries
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Joy Singleton on February 20, 2014
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A wonderful picture book biography with delightful kid-friendly illustrations.

Today we have the world-wide-web with spell-check. But spelling words began with Noah -- a man whose opinion of himself only rivaled the size of the dictionary he created. This is a clever, insightful and subtly humorous biography that makes learning fun.

Highly recommended for teachers, librarians and parents. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on October 10, 2013
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This great book, with fun illustrations, shows a late-blooming genius. What a story! My kids can't get enough. Fun for everyone, ages 3 through dead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debnance at Readerbuzz on December 8, 2012
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This book barely made it in under the wire, but I'm happy it did arrive in time for me to read it for the Cybils. The charm of this book is the novel way Ferris tells Webster's story, using big words that are written like dictionary entries. Absolutely cap·ti·vating [kap-tuh-veyt] 1. to attract and hold the attention or interest of, as by beauty or excellence; enchant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LilyPond on April 10, 2014
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Thought this was a charming non-fiction book for young children. Don't think the 4 year old I purchased it for found it that entertaining, but feel the 6-8 category would be perfect. Nevertheless, it was very worthwhile and I would highly recommend.
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