CRICKET magazine publishes only the highest quality fiction and classic literature and nonfiction stories on culture, history, science, and the arts. Each issue includes a signature cast of rambunctious bug characters who offer humorous commentary on the stories.
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For almost 40 years, Cricket has delighted and entertained children and teens around the globe with the "best of the best" in children's literature. Cricket's guiding principle is the belief that imaginative young readers would respond enthusiastically to wonderful stories accompanied by world-class illustrations, without any advertising. Marianne Carus, founder and Editor-in-Chief of Cricket, says,
"The way to create in children a love of reading and an appreciation of good writing is to offer them beautifully illustrated, lively, well-written, interesting stories that sustain a witty tone and a sense of humor. I am convinced that children will respond to quality if it's not forced upon them but presented in an engaging manner."
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In a Word is an indispensable kid’s book featuring short stories about the origin of 750 words in use today. This book explores the history of language and some phrases that kids today take for granted.Few people have ever accused them of being fun, but this book is. The 750 entries are little gems of detective work that take the reader through history, geography, and most of the world’s ancient and modern cultures. Unless you’re an etymologist yourself, you’ll be sneaking this book away from your children to read how “gargoyle” is related to the word “gargle,” or why “starboard” has nothing to do with which side of the boat the stars are on.
Each word or phrase used today had a beginning - a reason for being coined. Words travel through time and evolve, taking on new characteristics, new meanings, and fascinating tales of people, places, and events. Applaud, for example, goes back to ancient Rome, when an actor would turn to the audience and demand "Plaudite!" ("Clap!")
This fun book contains 750 word origins written in a witty short-story style. Many of the words are accompanied by "P.S.'s," that provide details about a word's history and usage. Witty illustrations by Tom Lopes showcase many of the words' visual connections.The book comes with a language chart, an index, and an introduction by a linguistics scholar. In a Word makes the perfect gift for curious kids with a desire to learn about the world around them. The whole family will enjoy this fun-filled book!Hardcover.