Part of the "Word Fun" series, this title is a colorful and imaginative introduction to the role of the preposition in the English language. The text poses the scenario of what you would be doing if you were a preposition, giving example sentences with the prepositions emphasized in a bold, colorful font. Animals are depicted in the illustrations demonstrating the prepositions—a goat walking beside a shed, a tarantula crawling over a stack of books, a hamster sleeping during the day. The lively example sentences and whimsical drawings are occasionally bogged down with wordy explanations about prepositional phrases or modifiers, but this seems to be a necessary departure from the quick, concise examples if the book is to be a thoroughly educational tool. Included at the end of the book is an activity, a glossary, references for learning more about prepositions, an index, and a list of the other books in the series. Although the picture book format is designed to appeal to younger children, older children and adults might also appreciate the fun and simple approach to grammar.
Nancy Loewen writes fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. Recent awards include: 2012 Minnesota Book Awards finalist (The LAST Day of Kindergarten); 2011 Bank Street's Best Children's Books of the Year (Share a Scare: Writing Your Own Scary Story); 2011 Book of Note, Tri-State Young Adult Review Committee (Stubborn as a Mule and Other Silly Similes); and 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (Writer's Toolbox Series). She's also received awards from The American Library Association, the New York Public Library, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and the Society of School Librarians International. Nancy holds an MFA in creative writing from Hamline University, St. Paul. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two teenage children.
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.