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Once Upon a Word: A Word-Origin Dictionary for Kids—Building Vocabulary Through Etymology, Definitions & Stories by [Jess  Zafarris]

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“This thorough and visually delightful book is a yellow-brick road paved with ‘a-ha!’ moments. It is written in an engaging style that will open the door wide for young minds to enter the magical world where language meets history. I expect it will inspire many of them to a lifetime of discovery in an overlooked field.” ―Douglas Harper, etymonline.com

Once Upon a Word makes learning new words fun and efficient. Jess Zafarris has written a book that is accessible to kids and educational enough for adults. Every parent and educator should keep a copy for engaged minds on hand.” ―Jordan Rosenfeld, author of How to Write a Page Turner

“As kids flip through this book, they'll feel like they're decoding secret messages from the past. This book teaches an important lesson: by understanding language we can better understand each other and the world around us. I love that.” ―Aubre Andrus, award-winning children's book author

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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Did you know that...
  • "Amateur" comes from the Latin amatorem, meaning "lover," because an amateur does something for the love of it rather than for work?
  • "Thesaurus" essentially means "treasure trove," from the Greek thesauros, meaning "treasury" or "treasure chest"?
  • "Clone," comes from the Greek klon, meaning "twig" because the earliest cloning process involved breaking twigs off of plants and using them to grow new ones?
  • "Brilliant" comes from a Latin word literally meaning "shining like beryl" (beryl being a category of mineral/gemstone to which emerald and aquamarine belong)?
  • "Algebra" comes from the Arabic al-jabr, meaning "a reunion of broken parts," and was both an Arabic mathematical term and a medical term for setting broken bones?
Discover the magic of word origins in the pages of this new book of etymology, definitions, stories and more.
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0844ZRV95
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Rockridge Press (February 11, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 11, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3779 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 252 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your parents' dictionary
By David Griner on February 26, 2020
This book is a blast of a read for kids (and curious adults like myself who borrow it when the kids aren't around). Instead of dry definitions and commonly known origins, Once Upon a Word digs up fun facts and interesting backgrounds for each term. If you want to fuel a love of words and constant learning, this is a great starting point.
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