I am delighted to bring you this review of a book by my friend Jeri Chase Ferris. It is an innovative biography of Noah Webster and his words, showing and telling about his life and times and how he came to write the first school books and the first American dictionary. He was quite the character, Jeri engagingly demonstrates as Noah follows his passion to unite the use of American English as an act of patriotism and more. Because there is so much embedded in this fairly short book, I've focused the review primarily on Webster's lifelong quest to write his namesake dictionary and the art to keep my review short. Wonderful, playful illustrations complete and complement the story.
PS YouTube usually gives you 3 thumbnail images to choose from for the initial video still, but for some reason it insists on keeping this terrible mid-expression image, which is not reflective of my feelings about this book at all! At least it makes me laugh and it does show one of the delightful illustrations. Still struggling to get the lighting right in our new home.
We are so excited to be mixing things up at the Children's Book Academy. Mondays with Mandy or Mira is now the Blogfish!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays will feature award-winning former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature reading specialist and MFA in creative writing graduate Mandy Yates has been published multiple times in Highlights Magazine.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature the great Christine Taylor-Butler who has published over 70 award-winning fiction and non-fiction and nonfiction books including the acclaimed new middle grade series - The Lost Tribes.
And 5th Mondays will feature will feature the fabulous Carl Angel, award-winning multi-published Illustrator and graphic designer.
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