Thursday, June 25, 2015
Review: Noah Webster & His Words by:Jeri Chase Ferris
About the Book:
Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction
Webster’s American Dictionary is the second most popular book ever printed in English. But who was that Webster? Noah Webster (1758–1843) was a bookish Connecticut farm boy who became obsessed with uniting America through language. He spent twenty years writing two thousand pages to accomplish that, and the first 100 percent American dictionary was published in 1828 when he was seventy years old. This clever, hilariously illustrated account shines a light on early American history and the life of a man who could not rest until he’d achieved his dream. An illustrated chronology of Webster’s life makes this a picture perfect bi-og-ra-phy [noun: a written history of a person's life].
If you were ever curious on how books such as the Blue Backed Speller came to be then, Noah Webster & His Words is the perfect book to update you on all things Webster. The young man that enrolled into Yale at the ripe young age of fifteen decided that all of his students needed real school books so he set about the arduous task of making some. Soon after the Revolutionary War ended he spent his days teaching his students and his night working on the first book he wanted to publish, the Blue Backed Speller. So in 1783, the first American schoolbook was published. In 1784 the second book was published, it was a grammar book.
After writing his third book in 1785, Noah realized the printers were getting richer and he wasn't. Noah married soon after and started lecturing. Soon he was off on a tangent, in regards to writing and informing fellow Americans about their government. Noah Webster loved America and he chose writing to prove his love for his country. He went on to write even more books, his dream of uniting America was achieved.
Among the very quirky illustrations are the most precious script. I really enjoyed the book and many of the harder words have pronunciation as well along with their meanings. Our children can get so much more out of books such as these, not just history. This book in particular is a great teaching tool! I hope to see more from this author.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.