Stanley and the Wild Words

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$24.99  $23.24
Arigna Press
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8.5 X 8.5 X 0.25 inches | 0.69 pounds

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About the Author

Mona Voelkel is an award-winning reading specialist with a passion for picture books. When she and her students discovered that spelling really does make sense, they were empowered beyond words. Visit, where you can investigate words from the story, sign up for a newsletter, or contact her for a school visit.

Nancy Kincade won a Christopher Award for Even If I Did Something Awful, one of several books she illustrated for Atheneum Books. After a very enjoyable career in art education, she is delighted to be illustrating once again. Her most recent books include A God of Purpose: Fareena's Friendship and A God of Redemption: Hannah's Heartache. Nancy can be contacted at [email protected]


Editorial Reviews

In Stanley and the Wild Words, Mona Voelkel has embedded morphology in a most engaging story with charming illustrations. Enormous turns out to be a very interesting word. Lots of words could benefit from semantic-spelling analyses of their relatives.

- Linnea Ehri, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Emerita, Educational Psychology, CUNY Graduate Center

Stories like this are certainly the way to go. It's the sort of thing kids are likely to remember. The problem, of course, is that there isn't an easy source to find these stories, and show the word families that match the reading level. We need more Stanleys.

- David Crystal, Linguist and Author of several books, including Spell It Out: The Singular Story of English Spelling

The way you talk about the Latin was masterful. Not too much - just enough. The prefixes and suffixes hanging from the tree was a nice touch too. Key to SWI is the word sum and you have highlighted it beautifully in this story. Then you continued on to include this base's bigger family. This book is great. - Mary Beth Steven, Mrs. Steven's Classroom Blog

What a fun, whimsical way to introduce a valuable understanding of where words come from. It opens up a conversation about how words are formed, which would help a child understand the meaning of the word in a deeper sense. The illustrations make the whole story and concepts come alive. - Kathy Adams, Fifth-Grade Teacher

Stanley and the Wild Words shows us that what we learn about the spelling system changes us. It's the learning itself that's transformative. This book doesn't offer the usual fare of making kids feel better about being dyslexic or struggling with spelling. Instead, they're given an inkling that they can actually understand spelling. - Gail Venable, Author of Backpocket Words: Sharing the Essence of English Spelling

Stanley and the Wild Words offers a simple introduction to investigating English spelling beyond a word's letters and sounds. It will surely inspire students to follow their own quests and dig deeper into the reasons words are spelled the way they are. - Rebecca Loveless, Structured Word Inquiry Coach and Co-Author, The High Frequency Word Project