Donavan's Word Jar

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HarperCollinsPublishers, 1994 - Juvenile Fiction - 71 pages
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When the jar that Donavan keeps his word collection in fills up, he finds a special way to give his words away and get something wonderful in return.

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User Review  - Julie - Goodreads

Great story about a boy who collects words in a jar. He finally fills it up and doesn't know what to do next. He asks lots of people for their opinion. I won't give away the end but, it was a good one. I know my kids would enjoy reading this story at school. Read full review

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User Review  - Jessica Vasko - Goodreads

While the writing can be slightly dull at times, this was a great read-aloud for my third grade class because there was a clear problem and my students were able to practice making predictions based ... Read full review


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About the author (1994)

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.

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