The Right Word

The Right Word

Roget and His Thesaurus

Book - 2014
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Baker & Taylor
Examines the life of Peter Mark Roget and his invention of the thesaurus.

2015 Caldecott Honor Book

2015 Sibert Medal Winner

2015 Orbis Pictus Honor Book

For shy young Peter Mark Roget, books were the best companions -- and it wasnt long before Peter began writing his own book. But he didnt 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 Rogets 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, c2014
ISBN: 9780802853851
Branch Call Number: J 409.2 BRY
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sweet, Melissa 1956-- Illustrator


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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!

Chapel_Hill_TishaW 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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