Publishing Philosophy: Just
because we found the world a certain way doesn't
mean we have to leave it that way. Our goal is to
help readers see beyond what is to what can be by
opening minds and hearts with the power of
imaginative literature. John Gile, Editor
"Happy are children
with caring adults who help them discover the power
"...Words are symbols for ideas.
The more words we know, the more ideas we know. And
the more ideas we know, the more creative we can be
because creativity is just a process of
putting old ideas together in a new way."
John Gile. World Congress Presentation.
International Reading Association
whimsical account of why words are necessary and
important in everyday life. Gile previously
published The First
First Things First,
How I Wished I Could Read!
The award-winning author has another one sure to
be a hit.
"In Dr. Seuss
style, together with the charming illustrations
of Karen Gruntman, Gile tells the story of the
evolution of words. Beginning with a time
"when words and names were unknown, when
people lived in caves and trees," he
explains how various discoveries and inventions
helped improve the quality of life. The book is
funny and entertaining, and gets the message
across in a free-flowing, rib-tickling way."
|"Words give us power
to learn and to grow.
"They spread knowledge
all over the place.
how to build cars,
to make planes,
and put rockets
in outer space!
From What Is That Thing? Whose Stuff Is This?
© 2002 John Gile
come a long way
since back in the day
when our home was a cave
or a tree.
"But no limit's in sight!
what words might
still free us to do
and to be?"
"Words give us power to learn
and to grow . . ."
Is That Thing? Whose Stuff Is This? provides the
same practical motivation for vocabulary development
that Oh, How I Wished I Could Read! provides
for reading power. Author John Gile uses lyrically
written text to capitalize on the phonological
awareness dimension of rhythm and rhyme in writing as
he takes us on a whimsical tour of amusing and
confusing situations we would face in a world without
word power. It's a book parents and teachers can
enjoy themselves as they use it to help children
understand the key role of words in our lives, the
connection between reading and vocabulary development
(what Gile calls "word power"), and how the
words we say to each other can harm and hurt or help
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Revised: February 05, 2010