Donavan’s Word Jar


By: Mona Lisa DeGross

Problem solve with Donavan, a curious and ambitious, 3rd grade, African-American boy who encounters a predicament with his highly unusual hobby of collecting words!

Donavan collects words. He discovers words in everyday situations, writes them down on slips of paper, and adds them to his word jar. But one day, he finds he has collected more words than will fit in his word jar. With his word jar full, Donavan must figure out what to do. He asks advice from his mother, father, and teacher before finally discovering a solution while visiting his grandmother.

In the end, Donavan decides to share his words with people who can use them, and he learns that words can have a powerful effect on people.