The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
Illustrations by Melissa Sweet
Along with artist Sweet’s delicate watercolors and astounding collages, Bryant introduces readers to the life of Peter Mark Roget who gave us the thesaurus. From boyhood, shy but determined Peter observes everything, becoming obsessed with making lists of related words. He’s interested in plants and animals, classifying them like his hero, Linnaeus, but expanding his lists at every opportunity. He travels in Europe, becomes a doctor, and later a professor, but his crowning achievement is his Thesaurus (1852). People love it and make it a bestseller; vocabularies flourish, for writers and the public. Sweet’s collages teem and tumble with words and images intersecting in delightful and unexpected ways. Colors, thoughts, planets, ships, darkness and light--Roget’s listed anything that could help people experience the power of words. So, writers of all ages, when you use a modern thesaurus--in a book or online--be sure to thank Roget for helping you find “just the right word!”
2014, Ages 8 up
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.
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