Happy Endings: A Story about Suffixes

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The creators of Punctuation Takes a Vacationand Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day have created another memorably whacky language arts picture book, this time about suffixes.
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?
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Overview

The creators of Punctuation Takes a Vacationand Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day have created another memorably whacky language arts picture book, this time about suffixes.
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?
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Editorial Reviews

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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823422968
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,366,331
  • Lexile: AD430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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