It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday and – can you believe it? – the official last day of summer 2018!
I love the crisp air, the jeweled colors, and the cider donuts of autumn, but I feel like summer went by in a blink!
I hope all your falls get off to a lovely start this weekend with some family apple picking, or an outdoor music festival…or maybe a trip to Princeton Children’s Book Festival – that’s where I’m headed! 🙂
For today’s Perfect Picture Book I decided to go the educational route… but it’s also tons of fun! Have a look!
Title: Noah Webster And His Words
Written By: Jeri Chase Ferris
Illustrated By: Vincent X. Kirsch
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books For Young Readers, 2012, nonfiction
Suitable For Ages: 3-7
Themes/Topics: American history, vocabulary/language, dictionaries, biography, nonfiction
Opening: “Noah Webster always knew he was right, and he 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.”
Brief Synopsis: This book tells the story of Noah Webster’s life and how he wrote the first American dictionary in an effort both to educate and to help unite the new United States.
Links To Resources: The book itself is a resource as it teaches the life of Noah Webster and the period of American history is was part of. There is a useful timeline in the back matter as well as a section entitled “More About Noah Webster” and a helpful bibliography. For a fun classroom game, play Dictionary (where one student chooses a word from the dictionary and writes down the correct definition and everyone else writes down a made up definition. All definitions are read aloud and the class votes for which is the real one…and you see if the real one wins or one of the made up ones!)
Why I Like This Book: Not only is this book interesting – full of information about Noah Wester and his creation of the first American dictionary – it’s fun! There is a surprising amount of humor, both in the text and in the illustrations. I also love the clever way some of the vocabulary words in the text are woven in like dictionary entries! The book brings Noah Webster to life in a way that illuminates his personality. It’s a perfect example of how to write nonfiction so that young readers enjoy the learning experience.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂
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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂
Hope to see anyone who is in the neighborhood at the Princeton Children’s Book Festival tomorrow! 🙂