DONAVAN'S WORD JAR by Monalisa DeGross

DONAVAN'S WORD JAR

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Age Range: 8 - 11
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Donavan's friends collect buttons and marbles, but he collects words. ``NUTRITION,'' ``BALLYHOO,'' ``ABRACADABRA''--these and other words are safely stored on slips of paper in a jar. As it fills, Donavan sees a storage problem developing and, after soliciting advice from his teacher and family, solves it himself: Visiting his grandma at a senior citizens' apartment house, he settles a tenants' argument by pulling the word ``COMPROMISE'' from his jar and, feeling ``as if the sun had come out inside him,'' discovers the satisfaction of giving his words away. Appealingly detailed b&w illustrations depict Donavan and his grandma as African-Americans. This Baltimore librarian's first book is sure to whet readers' appetites for words, and may even start them on their own savory collections. (Fiction. 8-11)

Pub Date: June 30th, 1994
ISBN: 0-06-020190-8
Page count: 72pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1994