If You Were a Plural Wordby Trisha Speed Shaskan, Sara Gray
If you were a plural word, you would always be more than one. You could be camels, witches, puppies, or geese. What else could you be if you were a plural word?
Children's Literature - Carol Raker CollinsA 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.
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