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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; Ill edition (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826345557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826345554
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[The Weighty Word Book] will appeal to kids who want to sound as smart as they are. It offers a clever, funny way to introduce new words into the vocabulary.... There's one word for every letter of the alphabet - wait until you see what they do with dogmatic, juxtapose and zealot." - The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colorado) "Each of these twenty-six short stories takes an elaborate, circuitous path that leads to a 'weighty' one-word punch line.... It's a creative and humorous approach to vocabulary building, and a natural lead in to having students create their own tall tales with multisyllabic conclusions." - Library School Journal"

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"Each of these twenty-six short stories takes an elaborate, circuitous path that leads to a 'weighty' one-word punch line."--School Library Journal

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I have used The Weighty Word Book for 10 years in my third and fifth grade classrooms.
Helen Bingham-Rowles
The Weight Word Book is an excellent teacher resource for the upper Elementary School through High School level students.
jwhisman
This book gives them a fun way to learn new words with out studying them in a traditional way.
AMI Montessori Teacher

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Helen Bingham-Rowles on March 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have used The Weighty Word Book for 10 years in my third and fifth grade classrooms. The vocabulary words are excellent and the stories that help show the meaning are entertaining and meaningful. The students ask for me to read the book to them and they often not only remember the words, but also the stories for years. This is a wonderful book to show kids that they can have fun learning new "hard" vocabulary words. Try it, you'll find that you'll improve your own vocabulary.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Tiedemann on August 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
...Who never to the world has said
I love this book, this children's book...
Adults read children's books to children, but seldom pick one up for their own pleasure. They miss a lot by the omission. THE WEIGHTY WORD BOOK is an example of a book written for children that is delightful for adults, at least adults who love words.
It's written by three University of Colorado English professors and consists of a series of whimsical and enchanting stories about words -- selected words, useful and syllabic.
In the first story, for example, Benjamin Van Der Bellows, a bear "who did not know the things he was supposed to know" is moved each time he makes a mistake to an office on a lower floor. Predictably, he winds up in the basement. "So, whenever a person has been lowered in position or rank or office, we say that person has suffered an abasement."
There's an imaginative and articulate story about each letter of the alphabet. Don't miss this one -- it's for all ages and it's loads of fun.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 1997
Format: Hardcover
The author of this book has found a wonderful techinique for teaching children words. When I was a freshman in high school, our teacher read this book to us. I can still recite all the words and their meanings.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My nearly 10-year-old daughter and I are thoroughly enjoying this book, and know that we are going to be clamoring for more. This is a tremendous book to read on your own, but even better to share it aloud with others!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book to help my soon to be fifth grade daughter who has an interest in language. Her best friend now asks for us to read the book whenever she comes over. My daughter took it on a camping trip and kids came from all around to read it with us. They love it! Even my husband enjoys hearing the stories (we both learned a couple new words, and we have masters degrees!). Buy this book for any older elementary child you know. Its a great gift to their future and they will have a great time with it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Weighty Word Book is a fun way to learn more experienced words. I have learned a lot of words that have cool meanings. My teacher reads it to us every day because we love it. My favorite word was dogmatic. It was about a family of tics that lived on a dog,and one day the daughter of the tics said she wanted to move but her parents said she coudn't. Then she said she was going to leave because she was angry. So she went to live in a mat. So when ever you here dogmatic it means when you're stubborn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My favorite word was abasement. Abasement is my favorite word because I like the word basement. The word abasement means your going down lower. The way I know is because of a story in Weighy Words. A man was working in his office on the top office. He kept on going lower and lower untill he was in a basement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! My teacher reads it to my class every day. I get so anxious to hear the story. It is so clever how the author creates stories from the weighty words. I'm learning new words and it is as fun as ever!
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