Children's LiteratureChildren may no longer diagram sentences, but it is still useful to understand the tools needed to create a sentence. This series features a separate title on each of the key parts of a sentencenouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, interjections, prepositions and pronouns. While they are not likely to be read cover to cover by individual children, they are perfect for group reading as a class embarks on a writing assignment. The layout is colorful and simple, with the appropriate words highlighted. Eye-catching photographs offer an opportunity for children to call out answers or come up with high-interest adjectives. The cover features a teenage girl with spiky hair and gigantic hands because of the unusual perspective of the photo. This book covers comparative and superlative adjectives, the difference between "fewer" and "less", "they're" and "their," articles and nouns that act like adjectives (computer games, family car). The examples are easy to laugh about and therefore remember: "That's my frog! That's her frog! That's your frog!" The series is thorough, easy to understand, and often fun in its effort to "untangle the complicated rules" of the English language. 2004, The Child's World, Ages 5 to 7.
School Library JournalGr 3-6-Four parts of speech are brought to life in a way that makes sense of the occasionally mystifying world of grammar. Simple, straightforward sentences outline the basic definitions and rules of usage, and then introduce more complex descriptions such as dangling prepositions and predicate adjectives. Explanations are clear and concise with many examples of sentences that are both grammatically correct and incorrect. Short exercises for practice are included both within the texts and at the end of the books. Bright, color photographs and bold typefaces on a white background make for an easy-to-read and focused format. While the books impart plenty of important information, they have the feel of a textbook, which can be off-putting to a general audience. These are titles that may be best used by classroom teachers within the context of grammar lessons. Ruth Heller's Many Luscious Lollipops (1989) and Kites Sail High (1988, both Grosset & Dunlap) are more visually engaging, and with rhyming, flowing texts they will have a much stronger draw to younger readers.-Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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