Noah Webster

Weaver of Words

By Pegi Deitz Shea; Monica Vachula (Illustrator)
(Calkins Creek Books, Hardcover, 9781590784419, 40pp.)

Publication Date: November 2009

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Description
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.



About the Author
Pegi Deitz Shea is the author of many books for young readers, such as "Liberty Rising: The Story of the Statue of Liberty". She lives in Connecticut.

Monica Vachula's 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, as well as Noah Webster: Weaver of Words by Pegi Deitz Shea, Connecticut Book Award winner and an NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book. She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts.
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