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Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What Is an Adjective?

Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What Is an Adjective?

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by Brian P. Cleary

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Adjectives are easier to show than explain! Simple, rhyming text and colorful cartoon cats help children expand their vocabularies and gain appreciation for the rhythm of language, particularly when read aloud.


Adjectives are easier to show than explain! Simple, rhyming text and colorful cartoon cats help children expand their vocabularies and gain appreciation for the rhythm of language, particularly when read aloud.

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Children's Literature - Martha Shaw
It's nice to see basic grammar so cleverly introduced in this second title in the "Words are Categorical" series. Colored pencil drawings on brightly colored pages complement lively verse explaining the job of adjectives. Children will easily discover adjectives in contrasting colors. Cute critters (modeled after Henry and Freddy, Ms Prosmitsky's cats), aptly demonstrate such concepts as flashy, loose and strong. The last double spread presents a question to the reader--"So what is an adjective, do you know?" Scattered through a double page cityscape are situations and characters waiting to be described with adjectives. Words such as greedy, hungry, mysterious, friendly, private, and loving came to mind immediately. Young readers will be amused to come up with their own responses to this satisfying and very helpful book. It is part of the "Words are Categorical" series.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Descriptive words of many kinds are presented in bouncy, rhyming text: "They're colorful, like mauve and puce,/They help explain, like lean and loose,/Baggy, saggy, stretchy, strong,/Much too short or way too long." The text bounces, too, with the words printed in wavy lines and unevenly sized letters. The adjectives are colorfully highlighted and readers will see their function demonstrated in a wide variety of contexts. Little round cats and quirky humans, both with fat noses and wide eyes, humorously illustrate the meanings. The book will probably be used most often to enliven grammar lessons, and is a companion to A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What Is a Noun? (Carolrhoda, 1999). Unfortunately, the illustrations are too small for group use. While Ruth Heller's Many Luscious Lollipops (Grosset & Dunlap, 1989) is still hard to beat on the subject, Hairy, Scary, Ordinary is a lighthearted, multifaceted illustration of the importance of adjectives in our language.-Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

Lerner Publishing Group
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Words Are Categorical Series
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Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

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.

JJenya Prosmitsky was born in Leningrad and grew up in Kishinev in the former U.S.S.R. She studied at Schusev Children's Art School and later at Repin College of Arts. After coming to the U.S., she graduated with a B.S. in Graphic Design from the University of Minnesota. She is the illustrator of A Mink, A Fink, A Skating Rink: What is a Noun?, Hairy, Scary, Ordinary, and To Root, To Toot, To Parachute (Lerner) and The Wedding That Saved a Town. She lives in Boston.

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Hairy, Scary, Ordinary 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Made many children aware of what an adjective is ,Helped alot in class too
Guest More than 1 year ago
I used this book in my classroom to teach adjectives. The students loved it. This and the other books by Cleary were enjoyable to read. They helped my students understand the basics of language easily. I can't keep them on the classroom shelf.