It's time for our Word of the Week feature here at LitLad. Here's how it works: Every Sunday the boys and I read a book from which they pick their favorite-sounding unfamiliar word. They each write the word that night and we try to use it in conversation as much as we can throughout the week. According to The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease, "the only words children learn having heard them only once are the words you wish you had never said in front of them."
This week's word is spunky, an adjective meaning "lively, determined, and brave."
And we're reading Ramona the Brave, in which it says: She was determined that today would be different. She would make it different. She was her father's spunky gal, wasn't she?
Ramona the Brave
Author/illustrator: Beverly Cleary/Tracy Dockray
Publisher: HarperCollins (March 1975)
Source: Public library
Ramona is now in first grade, and although she can still be a pest at times, she's trying hard to grow up. She learns to read more grown-up words; she gets her own room (with imaginary monsters); and she becomes the bravest girl in the first grade, all while getting into the usual amount of trouble.
Tintin's note: My favorite part was when Ramona threw her shoe at the dog. I thought the dog might think it was stinky.
Johnny Boo's note: I liked when Ramona freaked out when she saw the dog.
And Tintin, from another room: He always says "freaked out." Don't believe him!
Johnny Boo, later: I liked when Ramona said, "Guts!"
Johnny Boo's drawing of the two Quimby sisters, with cut-off arms:
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