A Lime, a Mime, a Pool of Slime: More about Nouns

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One book couldn't possibly be enough to cover the topic of nouns. The cats are back with their comical examples to drive home to readers just what a noun is. Specific types of nouns—such as abstract nouns and proper nouns—are also introduced in this giggle-a-page expansion on the topic.

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Overview

One book couldn't possibly be enough to cover the topic of nouns. The cats are back with their comical examples to drive home to readers just what a noun is. Specific types of nouns—such as abstract nouns and proper nouns—are also introduced in this giggle-a-page expansion on the topic.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carol Raker Collins
Here is a second book on nouns in the "Words Are Categorical" series. One might think that this basic part of speech should be simple to explain, but it really is not. A noun is "a word that names a person, animal, place, or thing." Many examples appear in bold, colored type in a series of humorous rhymes illustrated with cats of all sorts in all sorts of places with all sorts of things, other "persons," or animals. The book starts off with "A jet is a noun, and so is Peru," illustrated by a plane in the sky over a craggy mountain range with a Peruvian-dressed cat leading a llama down the mountainside. The next page reads: "A net is a noun, like chimp or the zoo," illustrated by a chimp trying to snatch bananas high in his cage with a net while zoo-visitor cats look on. Proper nouns like "Uncle Lou" and "Timbuktu" and abstract nouns that you "cannot touch or smell or hear or see" like "joy and harmony" are also introduced. Even compound nouns, such as "billy goat" and "hand-me-downs," are included, though not described as such. The illustrations are as important as the rhymes in showing what nouns are. The various types of nouns are mixed together, for the most part, rather than religiously "categorized." Still a child should learn from the entertaining presentation, especially if an adult will answer his or her questions and/or provide follow-up examples of what nouns are or are not.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-This title presents students with yet more rhymed and seemingly random nouns than those in Cleary's A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What Is a Noun? (Carolrhoda, 1999). Each spread contains a playful sentence elaborating on the topic, with each noun highlighted in a bright color. "Friend is a noun,/and so is your dad,/ice cream/and bagels/and Boston/and Brad." Gable's loose watercolor cartoons depict each noun (as well as the series's signature big-nosed cats, of course). Unfortunately, Clearly does not use this opportunity to go much beyond the scope of his previous work on this part of speech. A reference to "bling" is fun, though likely to date the book quickly. Those seeking a more thorough picture-book introduction to noun subspecies, such as compound nouns, collective nouns, and plurals, should stick with Ruth Heller's Merry-Go-Round: A Book about Nouns (Grosset & Dunlap, 1992). Lime would be a fun read-aloud for language-arts lessons, but those owning the other titles should consider it an additional purchase.-Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575059372
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Series: Words Are Categorical Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian P. Cleary is the creator of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical™ series, now a 13-volume set with more than 2 million copies in print. He is also the author of the Math Is CATegorical™ series and the single titles Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry, Rhyme and PUNishment: Adventures in Wordplay, Eight Wild Nights: A Family Hanukkah Tale, Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes: A Very Silly Alphabet Book and The Laugh Stand: Adventures in Humor. Mr. Cleary lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Brian Gable is the illustrator of several Words Are CATegorical™ books, as well as the Make Me Laugh joke books and the Math Is CATegorical™ series. Mr. Gable lives in Toronto, Canada, where he also works as a political cartoonist for the Globe and Mail.

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