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Noah Webster and His Words Hardcover – October 23, 2012
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—School Library Journal, starred review
"A good deal more fun than the subject might suggest."
"The volume is a wonderful success in introducing Webster in such a charming manner."
"Ferris presents a unique and inspiring cradle-to-grave biography . . . [a] useful and entertaining volume."
"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!"
"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."
"What really singles out this picture book is its ability to incorporate definitions within the text without sounding contrived."
"A rousing success."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
Top Customer Reviews
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
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!
Delightful for just about anyone, from teachers and parents and kids, to those young at heart, NOAH WEBSTER AND HIS WORDS is a true gem, highlighting not just history but also a love for the written word. What I found that really stands out with this book is the way the author has pulled several words away from the text to highlight their definitions, such as SCHOLAR and CONFIDENCE, among others. It is sort of reminiscent of Jamie Lee Curtis's book, BIG WORDS but with a definite historical--biographical bent.
A must read!
Mrs. Wilfred's 2nd Grade Class
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One of my grandson's favorite books to read to his little girls!!Published 18 days ago by C. Gardiner
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I may have enjoyed it more than our grandson. It wasn't quite what I expected.Published on July 4, 2014 by Guardian