This NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book celebrates one of the most important patriots in post-Revolutionary times. Most readers know Noah Webster for his dictionary masterpieces and his promotion of a living "American Language" that embraces words and idioms from all its immigrant peoples. But he was also the driving force behind universal education for all citizens, including slaves, females, and adult learners. Speaker of twenty languages, he developed the new country's curriculum, writing and publishing American literature, American history, and American geography. He published New York City's first daily newspaper. As editor, Webster conducted a study and linked disease with poor sanitation. He created the country's first insurance company, established America's first copyright law, and became America's first best-selling author.
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Pegi Deitz Shea writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. A number of her books have won awards from the International Reading Association, National Council for the Social Studies, National Council of Teachers of English, and other organizations. She lives in Vernon, Connecticut.
Monica Vachula is an artist whose paintings and drawings have been exhibited throughout New England and are in many private collections. She provided the illustrations for Tea with an Old Dragon: A Story of Sophia Smith, Founder of Smith College by Jane Yolen. She lives in Harvard and in Hatfield, Massachusetts.
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This is an easy to read biography of the life of Noah Webster, "Schoolmaster to America". Many people associate Noah Webster to writing the first American dictionary, which he did, however Webster did so much more than that. He was passionate about teaching school and educating students. This would be a great book if a class was studying influential people during the American Revolution. The chronology in the back of the book gives very detailed dates of Webster's life. Also, there is a bibliography in the back of the book that would be very useful in the further study of Noah Webster.
Noah Webster, Weaver of Words is a non fiction picture book. Noah Webster was best known for his writing. He also did many of other ¿wonderful¿ things. In the late 1780¿s, Noah Webster was a teacher. He ran his school and wanted to improve the education in America. Noah was America¿s first best selling author. The first schools were the common schools, followed by the dame schools. The dame schools were only taught by female teachers. Noah attended Yale in 1774. His father had to put his house up for mortgage so that Noah could go to college. Noah graduated from Yale as a teacher and a lawyer. Noah also taught himself many different languages, including French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Noah wanted to improve America¿s education in all kinds of positive ways. Noah wanted ¿reform¿. There are several teaching connections that could go along with this book. I have previously learned about the common schools and dame schools, that would be a great history lesson for children. The children could actually see what schools use to be like and how much they have changed. Another teaching connection could be a history lesson on Noah Webster. You could also teach about the disease ¿Yellow Fever.¿ A teacher could have their students make out a time line of all the important events that occurred during Noah¿s Life. I think this book is a great resource for 5th grade and up. I enjoyed reading this book. It taught me a few things that I didn¿t know. I also found it very interesting that Noah Webster taught his self all those different languages. This is by far my favorite non fiction book that we have read this semester. It was also an easy read which helped me understand the Revolutionary war and all the crisis that occurred.