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Noah Webster and His Words Hardcover – October 23, 2012
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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.
—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
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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!
Mrs. Wilfred's 2nd Grade Class
Webster was a highly patriotic man who wanted to help unite America and the original Webster dictionary, which took him 20 years to write, was a very comprehensive book that had frequent references to classical literature, the Bible and history papers. The original Webster dictionary was contemporaries to the American Constitution.
This picture book tells the story of Noah Webster and how the Webster dictionary came to be. This is a very educational as well as fun book.
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