If You Were a Period


If you were a period, you would bring a sentence to a stop. You could go to school. You could study. You could ride. You could sing. What else could you do if you were a period?

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If you were a period, you would bring a sentence to a stop. You could go to school. You could study. You could ride. You could sing. What else could you do if you were a period?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Find out how to use a period in your writing with this book from the "Word Fun: Punctuation" series. The title page has an inset with a short description of how the period is used, and the text contains several examples of the period used at the end of the sentences and for abbreviations. These examples have various placements in the layout. In all of the examples, the featured punctuation mark is highlighted in yellow. When it appears in abbreviations, the abbreviated and unabbreviated words are also featured in yellow. The informational portion of the text is located on the top left page, while a story about Cowpoke Elementary School dominates each page. The punctuation is featured in the story about the school. Some children who read the book may need an explanation about the book's two concurrent storylines (i.e., the period lesson and the school tale). Throughout the book, brightly-colored pictures illustrate a day at the school. At the end, pages review the ways the period can be used and offer an activity that involves using periods. The index helps readers locate particular examples of the period usage. For those students wishing to learn more about punctuation, the author has provided a list of related books to read and an address for the FactHound web site, as well as a mention of the rest of the books in this grammar-focused series. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404853324
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Series: Word Fun Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Healy has written more than 20 children's books on a wide variety of topics, including sharks, bugs, motorcycle racing, and famous people such as Harriet Tubman and Billy the Kid. His biography of Muhammad Ali was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award in 2006.

Nick lives in Mankato, Minn., with his wife, two kids, and a retired show cat who likes to drink water from a coffee mug and sleep in the sunshine.

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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