Friday, July 12, 2013

Noah Webster: Father of The Dictionary {Review}

Noah Webster: Father of the Dictionary
by Isabel Proudfit is a must-have resource for every homeschool and private school in America. When I received this book I thought it would be more of a resource for me the parent/teacher, but in reality I see this as an excellent resource for children ages 8 and older. I gained much information from this book and would recommend it for parents and teachers alike. I also see the need for children, even at a young age to explore the history and truths of this time period in a way that this book creatively provides. 

Noah Webster played an integral role at a pivotal point in history; the foundation of this nation. The author did an astounding job of taking you back to the late 1700's through imagery and stories rather than boring, rote facts. I appreciate her style of writing which draws you into the historical moment. It was one of those books I did not want to put down at night, but had to knowing I had to rise early the next morning to take care of my personal responsibilities!

The foundation of this country in relation to education has been drawing much attention among the Christian church recently. We have strayed so far from the roots of our founding fathers who clearly wanted to establish a nation on Christian doctrine and principle. This book brought into that time period in a fresh new and entertaining way.

The education that Noah Webster received was at a young age. He knew more at the age of sixteen than I do in my thirties and with educational resources constantly at my fingertips. He developed a love for learning in the midst of his farming lifestyle. The availability of education was not there for poor farmers like himself but he fought tooth and nail to succeed. Once achieved he fought again to make sure that such knowledge was available to everyone, not just the elite. It is interesting reading how his dreams and ambitions affected the rest of his family, primarily his father, in the process.  

I highly recommend this book for a student wanting to do a book report on Noah Webster's life or for simply entertaining historical reading!

 Disclosure of Material: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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