A child receives an early introduction to plural words in this early grammar book. The English language does not make the lesson very simple. There are many rules, and sometimes there is no rule. Nevertheless, the "Word Fun" series tackles this grammar lesson head on. The basic concept is easy to grasp: a plural word is "more than one person, place, or thing." Spelling changes from singular to plural words, however, vary depending on the root word. Some merely add an "s," some an "es." Some change the "y" in the root word to "i" and add "es"; some change the "f" in the root word to "v" and add "es." Some change the word entirely; some do not change at all. Examples of these variations are presented in two-page picture spreads. There are camels lifting blocks, witches making dresses, puppies at a party, elves baking loaves, children playing, deer wearing hats, and more. Thus, many examples of plural people (or animals) and things are given, but plural places seem to be missing. The rule for each example is clearly stated, followed by the singular and plural examples demonstrating that rule. The illustrations are very appealing, made from colorful acrylics with textured materials worked in. A review quiz is provided at the end. A glossary, a list of references, an index, and a quiz with answers are included. Reviewer: Carol Raker Collins, Ph.D.
When Trisha Speed Shaskan was a girl, she wanted to become a superhero. Her mother gave her a Wonder Woman costume. Her dad crafted her a tiara and bracelets out of metal to match. Trisha imagined she could fight evil, fly an invisible airplane, and get anyone to tell the truth. While she didn’t grow up to be Wonder Woman, she still uses her imagination to write stories and to teach creative writing.
Trisha has taught creative writing to children and adults for thirteen years. She has published 26 books for children, and more are forthcoming. She has an MFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Trisha currently lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Stephen, and their cat, Eartha, named after Eartha Kitt, famous for her role as Catwoman.
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.