Learn about how commas are used to punctuate sentences while you are reading a story about Miguel the Alligator's trip to the North Pole. The grammar lesson appears on the upper left page of the layout. The alligator's story, which takes up most of each page, features commas, which are accentuated in violet, bold print. Young readers not familiar with the format and presentation of the book may need a few words of explanation so that they can understand its organization. At the back of the book, readers will find a summary, as well as examples of the different uses of the comma. The index provides a way to locate particular usages of commas. The book gives readers an activity, too, to spot and circle commas in print. Students will benefit from knowing how to use the comma in their own writing. This book would be good for writing conferences or writing workshop lessons. Students who wish to pursue more information about commas or punctuation may find the list of related books and the web address for the FactHound website helpful. This book is part of the "Word Fun: Punctuation" series, which has five more books about different punctuation marks. The format of the other books and presentation of the information are similar. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
Molly Blaisdell has an insatiable curiosity that leads to lots of questions. Her favorite one is "Why"? Honestly, she feels the best children’s books are really for everyone. She loves to spin out stories and is the author of 29 children’s books, with nine Picture Window Books titles. Molly inspires writers with her weekly blog, Seize the Day. She likes to laugh out loud until she has to take something for the headache. She enjoys yoga, art, reading books and fruit smoothies. Molly grew up in Texas, is the mom of four wonderful children, and currently lives in the wilds of Woodinville, Washington, with her husband, Tim.
Sara Gray graduated with a BFA in illustration and design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She has worked as a freelance illustrator for Picture Window Books, Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, and Minnesota Parent Magazine.
The Word Fun series that Sara worked on with Picture Window Books won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award and the American Graphic Design Award.
Sara currently works at Manhattan Toy Company as a product designer for Manhattan Toy's doll, plush, and puppet lines. Her illustrations also appear on Manhattan Toy's packaging for their Cirque du Soleil product line.