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Happy Endings: A Story about Suffixes
     

Happy Endings: A Story about Suffixes

by Lynn Rowe Reed, Robin Pulver
 

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Yikes! Mr. Wright announces that word endings will be tackled after lunch. The suffixes written on Mr. Wright's board are in a tizzy. How can they defend themselves and prove that suffixes are helpful? The creators of Punctuation Takes a Vacation, Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day, and Silent Letters Loud and Clear, have concocted another memorable

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Yikes! Mr. Wright announces that word endings will be tackled after lunch. The suffixes written on Mr. Wright's board are in a tizzy. How can they defend themselves and prove that suffixes are helpful? The creators of Punctuation Takes a Vacation, Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day, and Silent Letters Loud and Clear, have concocted another memorable language arts picture book.

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The team that taught students about nouns and verbs, punctuation and silent letters now tackles suffixes…almost literally. On the last day of school, when Mr. Wright announces, “After lunch and our read-aloud, we’ll tackle word endings,” the anthropomorphized suffixes head to the gym to get into shape for the coming melee. Meanwhile, the kids’ atrocious behavior in the lunchroom leads Mr. Wright to skip the read-aloud and go directly to the lesson. Except the lesson has disappeared. Threatened with no summer vacation unless they find the word endings, the kids hang (suffix-less) wanted posters all over the school. Reassured of the students’ good intentions, the suffixes leave clues for them to decode and thus find them, saving not only the kids’ educations but summer vacation as well. As in the previous titles, the words in the text are printed in two colors, allowing the suffixes to stand out from the rest of the text. Reed’s now-signature acrylic-and-digital illustrations are as quirky and colorful as ever. Backmatter includes a page of spelling rules for adding endings to words and a page delineating some different suffixes and how their additions change the root word. While this may not be as strong as the previous titles from this duo, still it is a good addition to their language-arts series. (Picture book. 6-8)

"Grammar will be a lot less boring to learn with a library of Ms. Pulver's books at hand. Does the suffix topic signal the end of the series? I ly-certain hope not."

School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Mr. Wright has saved studying suffixes for the very end of the school year, but his students are too restless to pay attention. However, he insists that they will tackle word endings. Overhearing this, the suffixes take off for the gym to build up their muscles in anticipation of the rough play they expect from the kids. When the teacher discovers the "ings" and "eds" and all of their buddies missing, he declares that the students will be vacationless until the suffixes are found. As they search the school, they find the endings hiding in mixed-up words, pretending to be prefixes. Pulver's animated and playful text is greatly enhanced by Reed's bright acrylics and splashy layout. While the book offers a great lesson in word endings, it is a very visual presentation that might be difficult to use with a group. All of the endings are in a different color, and there are signs, notations, and conversation balloons posted throughout. These make it challenging to convey all of the information and excitement to a class. But wouldn't it be fun to have the students act out the book with suffix hand puppets and root word signs that can accommodate either prefixes or suffixes posted around the classroom or school. Combine this title with Pulver and Reed's other entries in their "Language Arts Library" (Holiday House) or Brian Cleary's dynamic collection of books about parts of speech to make learning about language mechanics an adventure.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
Kirkus Reviews - Kikus Reviews
The team that taught students about nouns and verbs, punctuation and silent letters now tackles suffixes...almost literally. On the last day of school, when Mr. Wright announces, "After lunch and our read-aloud, we'll tackle word endings," the anthropomorphized suffixes head to the gym to get into shape for the coming melee. Meanwhile, the kids' atrocious behavior in the lunchroom leads Mr. Wright to skip the read-aloud and go directly to the lesson. Except the lesson has disappeared. Threatened with no summer vacation unless they find the word endings, the kids hang (suffix-less) wanted posters all over the school. Reassured of the students' good intentions, the suffixes leave clues for them to decode and thus find them, saving not only the kids' educations but summer vacation as well. As in the previous titles, the words in the text are printed in two colors, allowing the suffixes to stand out from the rest of the text. Reed's now-signature acrylic-and-digital illustrations are as quirky and colorful as ever. Backmatter includes a page of spelling rules for adding endings to words and a page delineating some different suffixes and how their additions change the root word. While this may not be as strong as the previous titles from this duo, still it is a good addition to their language-arts series. (Picture book. 6-8)
Kirkus Reviews
The team that taught students about nouns and verbs, punctuation and silent letters now tackles suffixes...almost literally. On the last day of school, when Mr. Wright announces, "After lunch and our read-aloud, we'll tackle word endings," the anthropomorphized suffixes head to the gym to get into shape for the coming melee. Meanwhile, the kids' atrocious behavior in the lunchroom leads Mr. Wright to skip the read-aloud and go directly to the lesson. Except the lesson has disappeared. Threatened with no summer vacation unless they find the word endings, the kids hang (suffix-less) wanted posters all over the school. Reassured of the students' good intentions, the suffixes leave clues for them to decode and thus find them, saving not only the kids' educations but summer vacation as well. As in the previous titles, the words in the text are printed in two colors, allowing the suffixes to stand out from the rest of the text. Reed's now-signature acrylic-and-digital illustrations are as quirky and colorful as ever. Backmatter includes a page of spelling rules for adding endings to words and a page delineating some different suffixes and how their additions change the root word. While this may not be as strong as the previous titles from this duo, still it is a good addition to their language-arts series. (Picture book. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823422968
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
02/22/2011
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD430L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Lynn Rowe Reed is an author, illustrator, and sculptor. Booklist praised the “high-energy activity” in her illustrations for Punctuation Takes a Vacation by Robin Pulver. She lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Robin Pulver is the author of Punctuation Takes a Vacation, Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day, and Silent Letters Loud and Clear. She lives in New York State.

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