The Remarkable David Wordsworth
With a wonderful imagination, the remarkable David Wordsworth amazes the kids in his class — and their teacher — by creating surprising compound words that suddenly come to life.
Once the room is bursting with creatures, David has to come up with the right compound word to bring order back once again. Very quickly, all the kids in the class — and their teacher — come to see the power of compound words.
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Penn State Dubois Newsletter (7.15.2013)
David Wordsworth (cleverly named) is a quiet lad who when his teacher and classmates discuss compound words such as blackboard, backpack, and thumbtack, David just sits quietly. The teacher inquires if he knows any compound words: David furrows his brow and comes up with words like `airdog', `shrugbug', `sumofish', `inchpig', `mudpuffin' `melancholy roofdropper' and more - and as each compound word leaves David's lips the creature matching the invented word appears, crowding the classroom to capacity. David keeps speaking new compound words like `jumblebungler' and `salad whacker' and `tubadunker' and much to the delight of the class each new word is joined by the physical descriptor. But the disorder is more than the teacher can tolerate and she pleads with David to dismiss his menagerie of bizarre creatures. David furrows his brow then relaxes, smiles and simply says `disasterblaster' and the room's order is restored. Yet instead of punishment for David, the teacher has all the students draw pictures of the various creatures they have met through David's creative compound words and displays them for Parents' Night.
Many lessons on many levels and every time this book is read, more jump out. This beautifully designed and executed book is a complete success and obviously headed toward book awards! Highly recommended.
I've reviewed a lot of excellent children's books, but The Remarkable David Wordsworth is one of the most imaginative and enjoyable stories that I've read in quite a while. It's a fun story for kids to read or have read to them, and the large illustrations complement the text perfectly. There's even a serious learning element, with the lesson on compound words. The book should spark kids' imaginations to come up with their own whimsical compound animals.