Feet and Puppies, Thieves and Guppies: What Are Irregular Plurals?

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What are irregular plurals? You'll find the answer inside this book—full of ponies, teeth, potatoes, and geese! Brian P. Cleary's whimsical rhymes and Brian Gable's comical illustrations team up to give helpful guidelines for forming plurals when the usual rules of adding s or es don't apply. We've printed the irregular plural words in color for easy identification. Feet and Puppies, Thieves and Guppies: What are Irregular Plurals? turns traditional spelling lessons on end. Read it aloud and share in the delight ...

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Overview

What are irregular plurals? You'll find the answer inside this book—full of ponies, teeth, potatoes, and geese! Brian P. Cleary's whimsical rhymes and Brian Gable's comical illustrations team up to give helpful guidelines for forming plurals when the usual rules of adding s or es don't apply. We've printed the irregular plural words in color for easy identification. Feet and Puppies, Thieves and Guppies: What are Irregular Plurals? turns traditional spelling lessons on end. Read it aloud and share in the delight of the sense—and nonsense—of words.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marcie Flinchum Atkins
In Cleary-like fashion, the confusing world of irregular plurals is served to readers in fun rhyme. Part of the "Words are CATegorical" series, irregular plural rules and examples are given. The definition of irregular plurals is part of the front matter of the book. The book begins by explaining what plural nouns are and how they are normally made plural by adding —s and —es. Then the irregularity begins. Changing the —y to i and adding —es, change f to v and adding —es, adding —es to a word ending in o, and changing vowels are explained. Examples are accompanied by humorous cartoon illustrations by Gable. Cleary explains that some irregular plurals have no rules and must simply be memorized, and some words are singular and plural. The back matter of the book includes a reference chart of all of the rules with examples. This book makes a great introduction to irregular plurals and will be especially useful in the classroom. Reviewer: Marcie Flinchum Atkins
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—A handy guide to a perplexing topic, this overview of irregular plurals is one of the more useful entries in the series. Through playful rhyming verse, Cleary instructs readers in both the typical form for English plurals and some rules regarding the formation of irregular plurals. "Many words that end in y/will end in i-e-s/when naming more than one,/as in,/'My buddies made a mess.'" Words that end in -y, -fe, -f, and -o are given general rules. Cleary also advises that internal vowels may change in the plural form and that some plurals follow no rules and just have to be memorized. Plenty of examples are provided, with each one highlighted through the use of a large, boldly colored font. Gable again employs his familiar style of hand-drawn and computer-inked cartoon illustrations, with vaguely human cats in an assortment of hues demonstrating the grammatical examples given on each page. Crazy costumes, silly glasses, and comical expressions keep the mood as light as the author's bouncy narration. While the singsong text and bright, adequately sized figures would work nicely for read-alouds, the subject matter is best suited to independent reading. Appropriate for early elementary students looking to improve their spelling, this volume is a great addition to classroom and library collections.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761349181
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Library Edition
  • Pages: 31
  • Sales rank: 1,453,216
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian P. Cleary is the author of the Math Is CATegorical® series, the Adventures in Memory™ series, the Sounds Like Reading® series, the Food Is CATegorical™ series, the Animal Groups Are CATegorical™ series, and the best-selling Words Are CATegorical® series, including Stop and Go, Yes and No: What Is an Antonym?, How Much Can a Bare Bear Bear?: What Are Homonyms and Homophones?, and To Root, to Toot, to Parachute: What Is a Verb? He is also the author of Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry, Rhyme and PUNishment: Adventures in Wordplay, Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes: A Very Silly Alphabet Book, The Laugh Stand: Adventures in Humor, The Punctuation Station, Six Sheep Sip Thick Shakes: And Other Tricky Tongue Twisters, and Do You Know Dewey? Exploring the Dewey Decimal System. In addition to his work as a children's author, Mr. Cleary has served as a tutor in an adult literacy program. Brian Gable is the illustrator of many of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical® books, as well as the Make Me Laugh joke books and the Math Is CATegorical® series. Mr. Gable lives with his children in Toronto, where he also works as a political cartoonist for the Globe and Mail newspaper.

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