The Right Word

The Right Word

Roget and His Thesaurus

Book - 2014
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2015 Caldecott Honor Book

2015 Sibert Medal Winner

For shy young Peter Mark Roget, books were the best companions -- and it wasn?t long before Peter began writing his own book. But he didn?t write stories; he wrote lists. Peter took his love for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the right word to express just what he thought. His lists grew and grew, eventually turning into one of the most important reference books of all time.

Readers of all ages will marvel at Roget?s life, depicted through lyrical text and brilliantly detailed illustrations. This elegant book celebrates the joy of learning and the power of words.

Publisher: Grand Rapids MI :, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers,, 2014
ISBN: 9780802853851
Branch Call Number: JNF 409.2 BRY
Characteristics: 73 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Sweet, Melissa 1956-- Illustrator


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May 01, 2019

Neat art, neat concept.

This is a great book for kids who like words and writing.

It’s a good book for classroom read alouds for kids over 10... even high school English class.

For kids under 10, pass.

Jun 22, 2015

Fascinating account of how Roget's Thesaurus was first published and how a "thesaurus" got it's name. Very unique, interesting illustrations as well.

hypatia Dec 22, 2014

Awesome, beautiful, impressive, magnificent, striking, wonderful!

Nov 15, 2014

Did you know that the word thesaurus means "treasure house" in Greek? For shy and brilliant Peter Roget, words were powerful - not just for him or for the learned, but for everyone. According to the author, Roget developed a firm belief that "everyone should be able to find the right word whenever they needed it."

This story conveys that power well. The unique illustrations - a mix of collage, watercolor, other media, and photography - will be colorful and expressive to some, perhaps overstimulating to others. The book includes author's and illustrator's notes, a list of principal events in Roget's life, and suggestions for further reading.

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