Hold onto your hats, everyone! Today is Day Seven of Christie Wright Wild’s PB 14:14 AND Perfect Picture Book Friday. WOW! Just like the old Doublemint gum commercials.
And it is a triple whammy, because the book I’ve chosen is also in Kristen Fulton’s 52 Weeks of Charting Non-Fiction Picture Books. So after you enjoy this post, please hop around to read the other entries in:
Perfect Picture Book Friday: http://susannahill.blogspot.com/2015/02/perfect-picture-book-friday-bear-ate.html
52 Weeks of Charting Non-Fiction Picture Books: http://www.kristenfulton.org/dig-in/52-weeks-of-charting-nonfiction
And one of the reasons I picked this particular book is that it is all about words..and this is my 550th blog post – and that’s a WHOLE LOT OF WORDS!
Title: The Right Word – Roget and His Thesaurus
Author: Jen Bryant
Illustrator: Melissa Sweet
Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Top Ten Element: WORD PLAY (also patterns and character and a whole lot more…it is a 2015 Sibert Medal Winner and a 2015 Caldecott Honor Book)
Age Level: School Library Journal recommends it for grades 2-5, but my grandson loved it and he is a kindergartener.
From Amazon: For shy young Peter Mark Roget, books were the best companions — and it wasn’t long before Peter began writing his own book. But he didn’t write stories; he wrote lists. Peter took his love for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the right word to express just what he thought. His lists grew and grew, eventually turning into one of the most important reference books of all time.
“Peter snuggled deeper into Uncle’s lap as the carriage clattered through the valleys of Switzerland. Baby Annette slept in Mother’s arms, a small pink blossom against a wall of black.
Father wasn’t coming back, Peter knew. Mother’s dark dress and Uncle’s sadness proved it.
Years later, when Peter began his lists, Father’s death came first.”
The book grabs us right away with the ingenious use of different fonts for the words. So right away, we know this is a story where words are going to be of the utmost importance.
The inner title page information is set against a backdrop of alphabet blocks. And the words on many of the pages are written as if in a list since lists are a hallmark of Roget’s life.
Roget was a man who was passionate about words – he wanted to find the exact right word for each thing he saw, for every emotion he felt.
See what I mean!
Why I like this book:
- Clever use of fonts and text size
- I love books that show us the childhood of famous people
- Wonderful illustrations give us a vintage feeling
- Addresses the death of Roget’s father with sensitivity
How parents can use this book:
- Encourage children to discover the power of words – learn how to use a thesaurus and dictionary
- Make lists – toys in bin, books on shelf, friends I play with, etc.
- Wonderful author’s notes and back matter to explore the topic further
- YouTube video trailer:
- Get a children’s thesaurus and have fun with your child, looking up a word and seeing how many other words have the same or similar meaning
- Make lists
And guess what tomorrow is? That’s right…the third Saturday of the month. So please come back tomorrow for our next installment of Will Write for Cookies with author Donna McDine in the spotlight!