Storyteller’s Word a Day

Ages: 6 - 13Publisher: Mrs Wordsmith Ltd Author: Sofia FenichellIllustrator: Craig Kellman


This fun and super clever, fantastically illustrated, spiral-bound flipbook takes the standard concept of “Word a Day” or “Quote a Day” books to new heights. Each day, kids can turn to the next page to find a new and humorously rendered word to learn, enjoy and then tuck away into their imaginations. The book’s underlying instruction isn’t just learning new words, it’s learning how to use them especially in telling stories.

Besides the word-a-day illustrated pages with short definitions, it also provides information on word origins, synonyms, word-usage data and quick details on how to tell a simple one-sentence story using each word.

Dive into any page and you’ll find an animation-style illustration that visually defines the word along with a brief text definition. For instance, the first word for April is “ambush,” defined as “to make a surprise attack,” along with artwork that leaves no other interpretation possible. Same with every artistically high-impact page, for words ranging from “blurt” and “scamper” to “sumptuous” and “blaring.”

While logistics most likely limited this word-a-day book to half a year, it’s a testament to London-based education startup publisher Mrs Wordsmith’s determination to become the “Pixar of Literacy.” What a profound goal! Though pricey, Storyteller’s Word a Day proves it is possible.

Don Oldenburg ©2019 Parents’ Choice

A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of “The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion” (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

Available here