Synopses & Reviews
Donavan is fascinated by words. They seem to leap out at him from books, signs, even the back of cereal boxes. He savors each word as he learns to say it and discovers its meaning. He keeps the words he collects on slips of paper in a big glass jar. But one day the jar is almost full and Donavan has a dilemma. How can he make room for new words without giving up all the terrific words already in his jar? A visit to his grandmother provides the unexpected solution in this heartwarming story about how important words can be.
Donavan Allen has a collection like no other. While other kids in his class collect coins, comics, or baseball cards, Donavan collects words. Whenever he finds one he likes, he writes it on a slip of paper and puts it in his word jar. But one day Donavan discovers that his word jar is nearly full. How can he make room for new words without giving up all the terrific words already in his jar? A visit to his grandma shows Donavan that sharing words can be just as much fun as collecting them.
Donavan Allen collects words by writing what he likes on a slip of paper and putting it in his word jar. But one day Donavan discovers that his word jar is nearly full. How can he make room for new words? Illustrations.
About the Author
Monalisa DeGross wrote Donavan's Word Jar
and Granddaddy's Street Songs
. She works at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore as Project Manager of the Family Reading Circle, where she meets and observes children of all ages. Ms. DeGross lives in Baltimore, Maryland, near her children, Donavan and Nikki, and her grandchildren, Shaundrea, Annalisa, and August. In addition to her work as an author, she is also a locally celebrated playwright.Monalisa DeGross has long been involved in the world of children's literature through her job in the Office of Children and Youth at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD, where she lives. This is her first book for children.
Cheryl Hanna is the illustrator of several books for children, including An Enchanted Hair Tale by Alexis De Veaux, a 1987 Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.