I'm and Won't, They're and Don't: What's a Contraction?

I'm and Won't, They're and Don't: What's a Contraction?

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by Brian P. Cleary, Brian Gable
     
 

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What's a Contraction

You'll find the answer inside this bookit's brimming with contractions! Brian P. Cleary's playful rhymes and Brian Gable's humorous illustrations don't shy away from creatively clarifying the concept of contractions. For easy identification, we've printed the contractions in color. You won't want to miss the comical cats that reinforce each

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What's a Contraction

You'll find the answer inside this bookit's brimming with contractions! Brian P. Cleary's playful rhymes and Brian Gable's humorous illustrations don't shy away from creatively clarifying the concept of contractions. For easy identification, we've printed the contractions in color. You won't want to miss the comical cats that reinforce each idea.

I'm and Won't, They're and Don't: What's a Contraction turns traditional grammar lesson on end. Read this book aloud and share in the delight of the senseand nonsenseof words.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marcie Flinchum Atkins
This book is everything a child might want to know about contractions, told in a sing-songy verse. Contractions can be made up of two or three words. Examples, a definition, and the use of apostrophes are all covered in this simple text to introduce contractions. The illustrations show how the words can be taken apart and put back together to make shorter contractions. Gable shows hilarious animals cutting and taping, sawing and nailing and using knitting needles and yarn to take apart and put words back together again. The illustrations also include animals acting out the contractions. The contractions in the text are used in sentences and each contraction is highlighted in a different color of text to make them easy to spot. This book would make a great addition to a classroom library for an introduction to a unit on contractions. It is part of the "Words are CATegorical" series that introduces other parts of speech as well. Reviewer: Marcie Flinchum Atkins

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822591559
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Series:
Words Are Categorical Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,110,881
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
490L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Brian P. Cleary is the author of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical® books as well as the Math Is Categorical®, Food Is CATegorical™, Adventures in Memory™, and Sounds Like Reading® series. He has also written The Punctuation Station, The Laugh Stand: Adventures in Humor, and several other books. Mr. Cleary lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Visit him on his website at www.brianpcleary.com.

Brian Gable is the illustrator of many of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical® books, as well as the Make Me Laugh joke books and the Math Is CATegorical® series. Mr. Gable lives with his children in Toronto, where he also works as a political cartoonist for the Globe and Mail newspaper.

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I'm and Won't, They're and Don't: What's a Contraction? 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter is six and reads fairly well - but she doesn't like learning the mechanics. She loves these books, but still requires that I read them for her most of the time. I had to give this book five stars, since it makes her think about contractions while having fun with it. The only reason they are not absolutely perfect is that the cute font makes it hard for her to read them on her own. That being said, I can't criticize too much. The font is one of the reasons the books pop the way they do! Thank you Brian Cleary!
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
If you're a classroom teacher or a homeschooler, you are probably always looking for ways to make grammar easy and fun to learn. As soon as you take a look at the zany CATegorical cats and the way they present the concept of contractions and other English grammar rules, lessons will never be the same again. A few sessions with these cats and even your most reluctant student will be able to tell you all about contractions and how to use them. Each contraction in this book can be easily spotted as they are highlighted in color. A very prim looking CATegorical cat teacher in the front of the book points to an easel that defines a contraction as "Two (or sometimes three) words combined into one word, using an apostrophe." The cats show us the magical properties of the apostrophe. "As punctuation goes, contractions always feature these: / They take the place of letters / and they're called apostrophes." You'll learn that certain phrases such as "does not" or "was not" can easily be shortened to "doesn't" and "wasn't." Apostrophes have the job of connecting words and always "replace at least one letter." The CATegorical cats will teach you that they can connect another word like "not," can shorten words such as "are," "is," or "am," and can even shorten three words. I'd've thought that would be a fairly tricky thing to do. You'll also learn how the word "would" can be contracted, how the word "will" "can come in handy as a future-tense contraction," and how the words "have" and "had" can be contracted. This CATegorical book on how to make and properly use contractions is a marvelously fun way to learn English grammar. I've read several of the CATegorical books from those that teach easy ways to learn language concepts to the math books. I haven't run up against any that I've felt are less than stellar and didn't expect anything less from this one. The humorous, madcap illustrations mesh perfectly with the rhyming sequence of the "lessons," something that makes this book into a perfect teaching tool. This is a series that children gravitate toward and in conjunction with fun homeschool or classroom activities will make this book into an excellent language learning resource. If you haven't had the privilege of meeting any of the CATegorical cats, you just might want to take a look at the Words Are CATegorical series, a series you won't regret buying! Quill says: If you are a homeschooler or classroom teacher this is one of many titles in the Words Are Categorical series that can prove to be an invaluable resource and can transform those boring English grammar lessons into something fun and exciting!