Say What?

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Say What?

The Weird and Mysterious Journey of the English Language

By Gena Kinton Gorrell

Tundra Books (NY), Paperback, 9780887768781, 152pp.

Publication Date: August 11, 2009

Description
More than a million words, weird spellings, words that are spelled the same but pronounced differently or vice versa. Where on Earth did the English language come from? The answer is that English isn t just the speech of one nation. It's the memory of thousands of years of history. It tracks the places people came from, the places they went, the adventures they had, the friends and enemies they made, the battles they won and lost.
As English changed and grew, it became a jumble of sounds, words, and rules from countless languages and nations. And it's still changing and growing every day. More than seventy percent of all English words were born someplace other than England. That's why English can be so confusing and inconsistent. And that's why English is the richest, most international, and most versatile language in the world.
This innovative book takes us on a journey through time to unravel and demystify the story of English. Word games, intriguing facts, and tricky quizzes add an element of fun while enriching readers knowledge and understanding.


About the Author
Gena K. Gorrell is not only a highly respected editor, but also an award-winning author of nonfiction for young people, including In the Land of the Jaguar: South America and It's People and Working Like a Dog: The Story of Working Dogs through History. Her books have won many honors, including the Norma Fleck Award for Nonfiction for Heart and Soul: The Story of Florence Nightingale. Gena K. Gorrell has also been a first-aid instructor and a volunteer officer in the Toronto Police Marine Unit. She lives in Toronto with her husband and dog.


Praise For Say What?

Praise for Working Like a Dog:
“A thoroughly researched and captivating offering… The well-captioned…photographs and reproductions add greatly to a narrative that’s packed with intriguing details…”
School Library Journal

Praise for In the Land Of The Jaguar:
“…every chapter is packed with highlights, descriptions, and poetry… engaging prose encourages readers to peruse every page.”
School Library Journal