Noah Webster and His Words by Jeri Chase FerrisGolden 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 persons life].
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But who was that Webster? Noah Webster — 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 percent American dictionary was published in when he was seventy years old.
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The author does an excellent job telling the story of Noah Webster and why he decided to develop the American Dictionary. Author's Note, Bibliography, Timeline. The Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California has given NOAH its Distinguished Book Award for "outstanding literary merit, high quality of illustration and design, and contribution to a child's understanding of the world. Noah always knew he was right. But about what?