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 CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome new bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with Clear Fork/Spork editor/art director, former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature the fabulous debut author/illustrator Maggie Brown.
And 5th Mondays will feature a surprise reprise from over nine years of archives.