“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word.” – Emily Dickinson
Grades 3-5, 6-8 [Scholastic]
AR 5.4 [2 points]
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This story is about Nicholas Allen’s successful campaign to use his newly invented word, frindle.
Nick has a reputation for having very creative, original ideas – ideas that often push the limits of his teachers’ patience. Children, on the other hand, seem drawn to his plans. One of his fool proof ideas is the “teacher-stopper.” So, Nick tests his new fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Granger, with his tried and true routine of asking a question to take up class time. This plan never fails. He asks, “Why do words mean what they mean?” She explains that “a word means something because he, Nick, says it does.” Now that is food for thought. So, when he finds a pen on the way home from school, he decides to call it a different name. He calls it a frindle. And that simple decision begins Nick’s greatest scheme. He decides to call a pen a frindle while at home, at school, and he even asks his friends to join him. Continue reading An Idea Put to the Test: A Review of ‘Frindle’