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Noah Webster and His Words Hardcover – October 23, 2012

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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

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; First Ed First Printing edition (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547390556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547390550
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Great pictures, well written, and compelling for any child, to learn something about history, language, and a man who helped shape the world we live in. I would give this to any child as a gift to be treasured.
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Who can't love a book about words?! Not I. But then again, without Noah Webster to catalogue and decipher them, we may not have *this* book, either.

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!
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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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Can you imagine writing down almost every word in the American language? Noah Webster did and it took him almost twenty years to do it! Noah Webster & His Words by Jeri Chase Ferris is a fabulous book. In this book, Webster traveled around collecting words to write the first American dictionary. Along with the dictionary, Webster wrote many textbooks including the Blue Back Speller. We loved the illustrations and all of the educational facts this book taught us. We also liked that it reminded us to never give up when things get hard. Our class recommends this book to kids, parents, and grandparents because it gives information about the past.

Mrs. Wilfred's 2nd Grade Class
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