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If You Were a Noun

If You Were a Noun

by Michael Dahl, Sara Gray

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Provides an introduction to nouns and proper nouns. Includes an activity.


Provides an introduction to nouns and proper nouns. Includes an activity.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
What a clever premise and what a fun way to introduce the concept of nouns. Using the theme of space travel, readers embark on a voyage through space picking up grammar rules as they go along. If you were a singular noun you might be a star, an astronaut, or a spaceship. Of course, you could be a proper noun like Cape Canaveral or Neil Armstrong. You could be one alien or several aliens or perhaps a lone galaxy or a number of galaxies. Perhaps you are a group of things like a "crew of astronauts" or a "colony of space pioneers." The illustrations are rendered in colorful acrylics that capture the atmosphere of space, the playfulness of imagined space creatures, the brilliance of the stars, and the coolness of the nebulas. Pair this with Robin Pulver's Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day for a lesson that will have the kids begging for more. A glossary, index, and bibliography are included. This is part of the "Word Fun" series. If this book is any example of the series as a whole, school libraries will want to own them all. 2006, Picture Window/Capstone Press, Ages 5 to 9.
—Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-These concept books define the parts of speech and give examples of their usage. The examples are in capital letters and in a color different from the surrounding text. Bright acrylic illustrations will help younger children visualize each part of speech. They are full of movement and color and make the books inviting. These titles are excellent resources to use along with Ruth Heller's books on the parts of speech.-Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Capstone Press
Publication date:
Word Fun Series
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Barnes & Noble
File size:
12 MB
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Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Dahl is the prolific author of the bestselling Goodnight Baseball picture book and more than 200 other books for children and young adults. He has won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award three times for his nonfiction, a Teacher's Choice award from Learning magazine, and a Seal of Excellence from the Creative Child Awards. And he has won awards for his board books for the earliest learners, Duck Goes Potty and Bear Says "Thank You!" Dahl has written and edited numerous graphic novels for younger readers, authored the Library of Doom adventure series, the Dragonblood books, Trollhunters, and the Hocus Pocus Hotel mystery/comedy series. Dahl has spoken at schools, libraries, and conferences across the US and the UK, including ALA, AASL, IRA, and Renaissance Learning. He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota in a haunted house.
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.

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