Julie and Her Quest for the Meaning of Words

Volume 1

Children - Educational
54 Pages
Reviewed on 08/31/2013
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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite

Julie and her Quest for the Meaning of Words, by Sapientia Business Improvement LLC, is an enchanting little story with a great educational concept behind it. "Julie", the lead character, is intelligent and inquisitive. Of all the things she wonders about, the one that captivates her the most is words. Where do they come from? What do they mean? Especially, why do some words mean two or three different things, even though they are spelled the same way? Also, why the meaning of a word can change so drastically just by adding or subtracting one letter?

To help her remember what words mean, Julie likes to make up little stories about each word, using rhyming words to help. She makes up little poems or stories such as, "I can HEAR my kitty cat; Is she HERE?" to help remember that "hear" and "here" sound the same, but are spelled differently and mean entirely unrelated things. She also remembers that the word “her” is a lot like “here” but with the final “e” removed. “I HEAR HER; HERE she is!” Julie also is curious about words that rhyme. She notices that these words all sound alike, but by changing just one letter, they all mean something different: bake, cake, lake, fake, make, rake, snake, shake, stake.

Julie and her Quest for the Meaning of Words actually is fun to read, while also being educational. Sapientia Business Improvement LLC has developed a very clever way to capture the imagination of young children, leading them to begin exploring on their own the wonderful world of words. This should be a standard in all pre-schools and kindergartens around the country. It would not be out of place in 1st through 3rd grade classes, either. This would be a particularly appropriate book to review as an introduction to synonyms, homonyms, and antonyms.