Monday, April 15, 2013

"Noah Webster: Father of the Dictionary" by Isabel Proudfit

Comment: This biography for young readers was originally published in 1942.  It is truly encouraging to see it reprinted and available to students.  Noah Webster was an exciting figure in the early days of American history.  And of course, he is really known for probably his greatest achievement  was most likely the The American Dictionary. (Vera)

Review: This student biography, “Noah Webster Father of the Dictionary” by Isabel Proudfit is well written and an enjoyable read for upper elementary and middle grade students.   The author presents the life of Webster as it is woven into the fabric of a young America and the growing pains that were experienced in that time.

Webster’s life is a wonderful example of what a person can do when they accept their strengths and use them to their best ability.  This is not a picture of an easy life, but a life of determination to make a difference.  The author uses clear language to lead the reader on the journey of Webster’s life in an interesting fashion that draws the reader into the time period.  Middle school readers will enjoy the details of everyday life of a child, while at the same time learning about the history of America.

The vocabulary is interesting with words unfamiliar to us today but commonly used in the day of Webster. I would recommend this as a fun read for both boys and girls.  (rev.Claudette Delorge, Librarian)
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for our honest review from BookCrash on behalf of the publisher. Opinions expressed are solely our own.

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