Donavan's Word Jar

Paperback | August 8, 1998

byMonalisa Degross

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Donavan is fascinated by words. They seem to leap out at him from books, signs, even the back of cereal boxes. He savors each word as he learns to say it and discovers its meaning. He keeps the words he collects on slips of paper in a big glass jar. But one day the jar is almost full and Donavan has a dilemma. How can he make room for new words without giving up all the terrific words already in his jar? A visit to his grandmother provides the unexpected solution in this heartwarming story about how important words can be.

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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 ro...

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Donavan is fascinated by words. They seem to leap out at him from books, signs, even the back of cereal boxes. He savors each word as he learns to say it and discovers its meaning. He keeps the words he collects on slips of paper in a big glass jar. But one day the jar is almost full and Donavan has a dilemma. How can he make room...

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...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.16 inPublished:August 8, 1998Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064420892

ISBN - 13:9780064420891

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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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.

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