Donavan's Word Jar by Monalisa DegrossDonavan's Word Jar by Monalisa Degross

Donavan's Word Jar

byMonalisa Degross

Paperback | August 7, 1998

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The classic story about the power of words

Donavan Allen doesn’t collect coins, comics, or trading cards like most kids. He collects words—big words, little words, soft words, and silly words. Whenever Donavan finds a new word, he writes it on a slip of paper and puts it in his word jar.

But one day, Donavan discovers that his word jar is full. He can’t put any new words in without taking some of the old words out—and he wants to keep all his words. Donavan doesn’t know what to do, until a visit to his grandma provides him with the perfect solution.

Monalisa DeGross wrote Donavan's Word Jar and Granddaddy's Street Songs. She works at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore as Project Manager of the Family Reading Circle, where she meets and observes children of all ages. Ms. DeGross lives in Baltimore, Maryland, near her children, Donavan and Nikki, and her grandchildren, Shaund...
Title:Donavan's Word JarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.16 inPublished:August 7, 1998Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064420892

ISBN - 13:9780064420891

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! This is a great book to promote word choice and reading!
Date published: 2018-04-28

From Our Editors

Donavan Allen has a collection unlike any other. While the other kids in his class collect things like coins, stamps or baseball cards, Donavan collects words. Every time he learns a new word he likes, he writes it on a slip of paper and adds it to his word jar. But one day, Donavan discovers his jar is nearly full. How will he make room for new words without giving up all the terrific words he's already got? A visit to his grandmother shows Donavan that sharing words can be as much fun as collecting them.

Editorial Reviews

"An excellent introduction to number systems and a beautiful wordless picture book as well. A counting book that's numero uno. (School Library Journal)