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One Word Pearl

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By: Nicole Groeneweg / Illustrated by: Hazel Mitchell

What is your favorite word?

Pearl loves words. All kinds of words. Words make up songs, stories, poems . . . and what does a lover of words do? She collects them, of course!

But one day, most of Pearl’s words are blown away, leaving her only a few which she keeps safely in her treasure chest. After that day, she uses each word carefully—one at a time, until she has no words left. When her teacher asks her questions at school, she doesn’t answer. When her friend wants to know what she has for lunch, she can’t respond. What will Pearl do without her precious words? Will she ever find them?

One Word Pearl explores the power of words to transform, inspire, and cultivate imagination.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Nicole Groeneweg, author

Nicole Groeneweg is an award-winning teacher and author of teacher resource books. She regularly conducts in-services for teachers. One Word Pearl is her first picture book. She lives in Lorton, Virginia.

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Hazel Mitchell, illustrator

Children's author and illustrator Hazel Mitchell is originally from England - now she lives and works in Maine. Her childhood was spent in a seaside town in Yorkshire. She can't remember a time when she wasn't drawing, and still can't be left reliably alone with a pencil. When she wasn't drawing, she was riding horses or rambling along the beautiful Yorkshire coast.

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Awards & Honors:

  • NAESP Children’s Picture Book Competition

Editorial Reviews:

Word Spelunking

Nicole Groenewg’s One Word Pearl is an utterly dazzling display of words and Pearl, the book’s charming heroine, would definitely approve of my chosen words! Pearl loves words so much that she collects them in a chest, but one day the words whirl and swirl into a word tornado and escape. Pearl then decides that she must only use one word a time in order to save the few words she has left.

I LOVED this quirky, whimsical word filled tale! Groeneweg’s smart, snazzy use of words will delight and captivate readers of all ages. Younger readers will love the delicious way Pearl’s words roll of the tongue and sound and parents will appreciate the way this story will encourage kids to think about how and why they use words. Pearl is such a lovable, endearing, and imaginative character. Hazel Mitchell’s bright illustrations wonderfully bring Groeneweg’s words to life and she has given Pearl such style and flair.

Word lovers, Word makers, and Word collectors will be smitten by this book and fall in love with all of its words.


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ISBN: 978-1-93413-353-8

ISBN: 978-1-93413-354-5

E-book PDF
ISBN: 9781607346722
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Ages: 5-8
Page count: 32
8 x 8

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