Thursday, August 12, 2010

Frindle by Andrew Clements

Title: Frindle
Author: Andrew Clements
Illustrator: Brian Selznick
Publisher / Date: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing / 1998 (reprint)
Genre: Children's Novel, Fiction
Themes: School, Friendships, Teacher - Student Relationships, Vocabulary, Dictionary, the Power of Words
Summary: Nick is a creative 5th grader who seems to find trouble at school. He decides to make things a little more interesting in his Language Arts class by inventing a new word for a pen (frindle)... just to see if it catches on. And it does! Though his teacher loves the dictionary, she is not amused with Nick's new word. Before long everyone is using Nick's word and it even makes it into the dictionary. 
Curriculum Connections: Grades 2-5 Language Arts: Vocabulary and Dictionary Skills; Leisure Reading
Notes: Clements has a way of relating to school children right where they are...through the school setting that is so popular in his books. This humorous story of the power of words will stick with students. 
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