Gr 3-5-- An appealing volume for students beginning to explore biographies. It is factual, realistic, and good reading. Ferris makes Webster come alive as an unwilling farm boy whose life of chores did not satisfy him. Readers accompany him to Yale College, through an aborted Revolutionary Army service, and into his years as a teacher. Webster becomes a living, breathing creature when Ferris comments: ``Noah was good with words. He was terrible with money.'' This beginning biography, in sharing intimate details about Webster, has fine poetic imagery, humor, and flow. It is graced with abundant and effective full-page pen-and-ink drawings and portraits. When readers complete What Do You Mean? they will have an accurate picture of the father of the American dictionary--blemishes, shortcomings, and speech patterns included. This volume, in the relaxed style of Monjo's King George's Head Is Made of Lead (Coward, 1974; o.p.) and Fritz' Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? (Coward, 1975), is a welcome addition to the biography corner. Information offered in an interesting, amusing, well-phrased packet does not appear often enough in the trade. However, there is fictionalized dialogue, and there is no bibliography. Whether your patrons be wordsmiths, history buffs, or seekers of truth, they should like this book. --Reva Pitch Margolis, Norwood School, N.J.