W Is For Webster: Noah Webster and his American Dictionary by Tracey FernW Is For Webster: Noah Webster and his American Dictionary by Tracey Fern

W Is For Webster: Noah Webster and his American Dictionary

byTracey FernIllustratorBoris Kulikov

Hardcover | November 10, 2015

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"A fascinating look at the determination and vision that led one man to create an essential resource." - Kirkus Reviews

From an early age, Noah Webster was an odd fellow who liked to talk big and loved learning. He thought America needed its own national language and knew he was just the man to create it. He started with a speller, including everyday words like "scab," "grub," and "mop," and moved on to create a small dictionary. He rode around on a horse, selling his books by hand. Then Noah decided to compile a complete and comprehensive dictionary of American English. He thought the book would take him five years to finish. It took twenty, but his dictionary today is the second-most printed book in the English language.

Tracey Fern is the author of several other picture books, including Dare the Wind and Barnum's Bones, both Junior Library Guild selections. She lives in West Newton, Massachusetts. Boris Kulikov is the critically acclaimed illustrator of many children's books, including Max's Words by Kate Banks. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Title:W Is For Webster: Noah Webster and his American DictionaryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 10.42 × 10.34 × 0.39 inPublished:November 10, 2015Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0374382409

ISBN - 13:9780374382407

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"A solid introduction to America's most famous lexicographer." -School Library Journal, starred review"A visually fantastical portrait of Noah Webster." -Publishers Weekly"An engaging, diverting read." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"A fascinating look at the determination and vision that led one man to create an essential resource." -KirkusPraise for Barnum's Bones:"T. rex lovers will gobble it up, and seekers of easy biographies will be hot on their heels." -School Library Journal, starred review"Tracey Fern ("Buffalo Music," "Pippo the Fool") turns a slice of a scientist's biography into an American adventure tale, describing how Brown and his rivals at other museums raced to find the best fossils and to discover new species." -New York Times".truly breathtaking. This will captivate the masses of kids whose jaws drop in the presence of hulking fossils." -Booklist, starred review"Fern fills her text with all the salient facts but uses a breezy, humorous, awestruck voice that strikes just the right tone in telling the story of this fascinating, quirky scientist." -Kirkus, starred review