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Posted April 4, 2014
The book is all about the origin of words, written in epistolary
The book is all about the origin of words, written in epistolary style as a series of emails from two kids at summer camp back to their parents. The book’s premise is the kids are at a camp where words show up as fossils in the surrounding area, with the history of the word imbedded in the fossil. Everyone in the family has enjoyed this book and the author gets the voice of totally bored teenage girl and enthusiastic teenage boy down perfectly. It's a surprisingly engaging introduction to the idea of where words come from.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 31, 2010
My daughter and I stumbled upon this book at our local library. The book is a fictionary story of a brother and sister that go to a summer camp that specializes in learning the history of words. The story is supposed to intrigue kids into wanting to learn about the history of words we use today.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The book was extremely boring. My daughter and I gave up on the book about half-way through. I know the subject matter is a tough one to sell to kids, but this book makes learning about the history of words more boring than just looking words up online. The story consists of a brother and sister e-mailing their adventures to their parents. This proved to be very cheesy and unimaginative.
My daughter concludes my review by saying," The book is a form of child abuse." Enough said.