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I and You and Don't Forget Who: What Is a Pronoun?

I and You and Don't Forget Who: What Is a Pronoun?

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by Brian P. Cleary, Brian Gable (Illustrator)

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Rhyming text and illustrations of comical cats present numerous examples of pronouns and their functions, from "he" and "she" to "anyone," "neither," and "which." Words Are CATegorical.


Rhyming text and illustrations of comical cats present numerous examples of pronouns and their functions, from "he" and "she" to "anyone," "neither," and "which." Words Are CATegorical.

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Children's Literature
He, she, me, I and they are all pronouns. As the author says, just like a substitute teacher fills in for a teacher, "a pronoun steps in as a sub for a noun, becoming the star of the feature." Without pronouns our sentences would be clunky and awkward, as in the example "Anne got so excited that when Anne first saw it, Anne couldn't believe Anne's good luck." Rarely is learning about grammar entertaining, but, after reading this book, young grammarians will never look at pronouns—from personal to possessive to demonstrative to indefinite—in the same way. Humorous rhymes and equally wacky illustrations make learning grammar rules fun. The cat characters add comedy and lightness to the tone as well as serve to reinforce each concept. An excellent addition to the bookshelf, other titles in this "Words are Categorical" series include A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What is a Noun and Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What is an Adjective. 2004, Carolrhoda Books/Lerner Publishing Co, Ages 7 to 9.
—Valerie O. Patterson
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Cleary's mission is to make the serious side of language-arts classes more fun, and, to a large degree, he succeeds. Using a fast-moving, quick-witted rhyming text, he covers the different types of pronouns, giving examples of each. Whenever he is referring to a specific type of pronoun, it appears in the accompanying example in colored type to make it stand out. Comically crazy cats are drawn in a childlike style, adding to the book's giddy factor and making the subject matter appealing to students. Ruth Heller covered pronouns in Mine, All Mine: A Book of Pronouns (Puffin, 1999), but Cleary's style is definitely more active: "So like a pinch hitter/or a good baby-sitter,/the pronoun will say,/`You can go noun!/I've got your job covered!'" A strong purchase for school or public libraries needing to update their 400s sections.-Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Lerner Publishing Group
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Words Are Categorical Series
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.

Brian Gable is the illustrator of several Words Are CATegorical™ books, as well as the Make Me Laugh joke books and the Math Is CATegorical™ series. Mr. Gable lives in Toronto, Canada, where he also works as a political cartoonist for the Globe and Mail newspaper.

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I and You and Don't Forget Who 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend the whole line of these grammar books for all teachers and speech therapists. However, they are best used for kids beyond 2nd grade. The little ones seem to glaze over when you read it to them, but they like the illustrations.