The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
by Jen Bryant
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Published by Erdman's 2014
Nonfiction Picture Book
Review copy obtained from public library
Ever wonder how Roget's Thesaurus was created? Well, it all started with a boy who loved to make lists. In the absolutely beautiful picture book, Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet team up again to create this engaging and informative book (they originally published A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams).
In this book, the reader learns how Roget kept notebooks filled with lists of words in his attempt to find just the right words he wanted to use.
Over decades the lists became the first Roget's Thesaurus. I love everything about this book. It is wonderful for children throughout elementary school, but students in grades 2-5 will get the most from it in my opinion. This is my current favorite nonfiction picture book published this year.
Enjoy this book trailer of The Right Word.