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The Right Word, Roget and His Thesaurus

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Peter Roget won fame as a man of words who created the THESAURUS to make it possible that everyone could find "the right word."  This picture book biography won the Caldecott Medal for its exceptional illustrations.  

Born in 1779, Peter Mark Roget's father died when he was only four-years-old. As a child who moved around a lot, Peter was shy but made friends quickly with books and found pleasure in making lists. He was a child of words who became a physican, a lecturer, a husband, a father, but Peter won fame as a man of words who created the THESAURUS to make it possible that everyone could find "the right word."

Recognized for its watercolor illustrations, its layers of collages that capture his passion and the era in which Roget lived, illustrator Melissa Sweet was presented with the coveted 2015 Caldecott Honor award for creating the art in The Right Word, Roget and His Thesaurus.

Presented in a shadowbox layout, the appealing watercolor illustrations that are layered over collages of vintage images and fonts of the his era, capture Roget's passion for words and classification. It is not only the perfect introduction to a thesaurus, but it is an excellent model for writing biographies.

This busy nonfiction book is replete with lists, dates, historical events in "Lists of Principal Events," and Author's and Illustrator's Notes that extend understanding of the life and work of Peter Mark Roget.

The Kids Wings literature guide provides:

  • Pre-Reading Discussion Cards;
  • Caldecott Connection Teacher Lesson;
  • 2-page Readers Theater: Inventing a Thesaurus;
  • When Did That Happen?
  • Analyzing Data;
  • Work That Word: Create a Thesaurus Entry;
  • Find a Better Word;
  • Match 'em Up!
  • Make Your Own Lists;
  • Write Your Own Book;
  • The Treasure House;
  • Convert Words to Pictures: Say It with Pictures;
  • Writing Prompt: My Book,
  • My Friend;
  • Practice Listing and Illustrating;
  • Timeline Math;
  • Before or After?
  • Checking Understanding,
  • 2-page Comprehension;
  • Find "The Right Word",
  • Crossword Puzzle;
  • Boning Up on Body Words;
  • Answers and
  • A Jeopardy-type game.


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