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The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Engaging picture-book intro to word-loving thesaurus author.

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THE RIGHT WORD is a richly illustrated biography of famed thesaurus author Peter Mark Roget. Not every kid, especially in the early-reader set, is going to be as fired up as young Peter about choosing the right word and compiling knowledge, with passages such as, "If only all the ideas in the world could be found in one place, then everyone would have one book where they could find the best word, the one that really fit. Peter carried this idea with him like a secret treasure." And the whole concept of a thesaurus may fall flat with readers not quite ready for it. But kids who already love words (or making lists) will be in heaven, and even those who don't will relate to the tale of a shy, studious boy who starts to make lists to remember his late father, becomes a doctor at 19, and goes on to become friends with some of the 19th century's great scientists.

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