Topics discussed include:
The origin of words
Dr. Samuel Johnson
Kids vs. adults
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Topics for classroom discussion and assignments:
Discuss the development of words. What is a word? Where do they come from? Who decides what makes a word a word? Do words evolve from other words?
Can you think of any events in our history that have started with one person doing something out of the ordinary, even though he or she took a big risk in doing it? (Example: Martin Luther King)
What do you think of the part Nick’s parent’s played in the story?
At the end of the book, Nick comes up with another good idea, but doesn’t want to follow through with it. Did he do the right thing?
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