Weighty Words, Too

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Burdensome Katzenjammer Mystify Wondrous Zany

These are five of the twenty-six words, one for each letter of the alphabet, that appear in Weighty Words, Too. As with the earlier Weighty Word Book, the stories, often fanciful, help young readers build their vocabularies.

"Hibernate" tells the tale of Nathaniel, a very energetic Canadian bear, who plays in the snow with the other bears. Soon all the bears tire and want to sleep, with the exception of Nate. "He's hyper," one ...

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Overview

Burdensome Katzenjammer Mystify Wondrous Zany

These are five of the twenty-six words, one for each letter of the alphabet, that appear in Weighty Words, Too. As with the earlier Weighty Word Book, the stories, often fanciful, help young readers build their vocabularies.

"Hibernate" tells the tale of Nathaniel, a very energetic Canadian bear, who plays in the snow with the other bears. Soon all the bears tire and want to sleep, with the exception of Nate. "He's hyper," one grizzly bear observes. "If it's winter sleep you want," advises Nathaniel, "then I suggest you do the opposite from me, hyper Nate." So, whenever animals sleep through the winter, think of "hyper Nate," and you will remember the word HIBERNATE.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed
Splendid ABC books can be found for all ages from board books to complex adult versions. Authors and illustrators continue to generate every theme for diverse purposes as they collaborate with often intriguing results. Whether hand-drawn, photographed, multi-layered or in simple form, illustrations create an even more "optimum" presentation for connoisseurs of ABC books. In this newest "destination," a sequel to The Weighty Word Book, every letter of the alphabet has its own story that brings a striking, memorable way to learn an uncommon vocabulary word. The authors are professors of English at the University of Colorado with quite an imagination. By incorporating mnemonic devices for every definition, twenty-six fable-like stories are delightfully accompanied by water color scenes that are displayed on pastel pages of several colors. How engaging to read them aloud no matter the audience so that an obscure meaning becomes clear and then satisfies even a "querist," a person with many questions. In addition, older, fluent children can devise "vicarious" (unique) ways to share these fine tales, while others might need help to de-"mystify" this "wondrous" list of "zany" words. Why of course, it would be a grand accomplishment to remove "burdensome" vocabulary from the clutches of a "lackadaisical" curriculum by "utilizing" such an "improbable" method. Marvelous indeed! Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed
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Gr 5–8—In this sequel to The Weighty Word Book (Roberts Rinehart, 2000), the authors again use an A-to-Z compendium of short stories to help students remember the definitions and pronunciations of tricky vocabulary words through the use of puns and mnemonic devices. "Aggrandizement," "burdensome," "hibernate," "mystify," and "utilize" are examples of the selections explained here. Fun full-color illustrations accompany the stories and will help students remember some of the more challenging words presented, such as "furbelow," "jeremiad," "katzenjammer," and "nadir." While not a first purchase, this book offers a terrific way to boost vocabulary in an unconventional fashion.—Rachel Artley, Watertown Elementary School, TN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826345585
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2009
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 397,616
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.28 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul M. Levitt teaches in the department of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is also the author of Chin Music: A Novel of the Jazz Age and numerous books for younger readers and scholars.

Elissa S. Guralnick is professor of English, College of Music, at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Douglas A. Burger is associate professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Katherine Karcz, the illustrator, received a BFA from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and an MA in art education from Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. She has been working in commercial illustration for nine years and is currently teaching art in Clifton, New Jersey.

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