Farrar Straus & Giroux
Available: 11/10/15
10.34 x 10.42 · 40 pages
Ages 4-8 years
CDN $20.50 · cl
With dust jacket


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W Is For Webster

Noah Webster and his American Dictionary

Tracey Fern

illustrated by Boris Kulikov

From an early age, Noah Webster was an odd fellow who liked to talk big and loved learning. He thought America needed its own national language and knew he was just the man to create it. He started with a speller, including everyday words like "scab," "grub," and "mop," and moved on to create a small dictionary. He rode around on a horse, selling his books by hand. Then Noah decided to compile a complete and comprehensive dictionary of American English. He thought the book would take him five years to finish. It took twenty, but his dictionary today is the second-most printed book in the English language.

Tracey Fern is the author of several other picture books, including Dare the Wind and Barnum ' s Bones, both Junior Library Guild selections. She lives in West Newton, Massachusetts. traceyfern.com
Boris Kulikov is the critically acclaimed illustrator of many children's books, including Max's Words by Kate Banks. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. boriskulikov.com



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