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Greedy Apostrophe: A Cautionary Tale

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It's the moment all the punctuation marks have been eagerly awaiting: assignment time. There are plenty of open positions for apostrophes as contractions. Soon there's only one job left-for a possessive-and only one apostrophe to fill it: none other than Greedy Apostrophe. It's not long before his greed gets out of hand, and he jumps into signs where he doesn't belong. What will it take to put Greedy Apostrophe back in his place? This clever and zany language arts picture book will have kids eager to learn the ...
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Overview

It's the moment all the punctuation marks have been eagerly awaiting: assignment time. There are plenty of open positions for apostrophes as contractions. Soon there's only one job left-for a possessive-and only one apostrophe to fill it: none other than Greedy Apostrophe. It's not long before his greed gets out of hand, and he jumps into signs where he doesn't belong. What will it take to put Greedy Apostrophe back in his place? This clever and zany language arts picture book will have kids eager to learn the tricks of using an apostrophe.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 1-3
In this zany tale of a problem with some apostrophes, the Director of Punctuation, an austere-looking felt-tip marker, calls all the punctuation marks to order at their job-assignment meeting. Of all those present, only Greedy Apostrophe refuses to recite the Punctuation Oath. Disaster strikes when he is given the last assignment-to show possession. He "was always getting in trouble with possession!" Though he listens to the explanation of appropriate usage, he runs amok when he enters the store, misapplying apostrophes to signs for puppets ("puppet's"), marbles ("marble's"), and yo-yos ("yo-yo's") and confusing the customers. Clever children at the school across the street quickly spot the mistakes, but Greedy Apostrophe eludes them and remains at large. The expressions on Long's bright and quirky punctuation people will delight early elementary listeners. The book incorporates clearer explanations and a wider array of apostrophe use than Moira Rose Donahue's Alfie the Apostrophe (Albert Whitman, 2006).
—Jayne DamronCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
It's not easy to explain the rules of punctuation in a clear and concise manner, but Carr and Long have succeeded not only in explaining the use of the apostrophe, but also in making this punctuation mark into the main character in a witty story. Greedy Apostrophe wants to get into the action all the time, inserting himself into words when he doesn't belong, especially in plural nouns. The clever text explains some fairly complex punctuation rules in a humorous way that certainly beats any boring grammar workbook. Cartoon-style illustrations in bright citrus shades help get the punctuation points across effectively, with Greedy's mistaken entries highlighted in his trademark red. Elementary-school teachers will want to give Greedy Apostrophe a gold star for his efforts, for it's a rare teaching tool that conveys its lessons while being funny as well. (Picture book. 6-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823420063
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 711,321
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Carr grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She receieved her B.S. degree from Cornell University and her M. Ed. From the University of Cincinnati. Before she became a writer, Jan worked as a Head Start teacher, both in New York and Cincinnati. In addition, she worked in the editorial departments of Scholastic, Inc. and the magazine division of Children's Television Workshop. Jan Carr has published more than fifty books for children and adults. She lives with her family in New York City, and currently teaches writing at the New School University.

Ethan Long is a beloved children's animator, writer, and illustrator whose work includes illustrations for the popular Riot Brothers books by Mary Amato. Find out more at ethanlong.com.
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