Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs

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Perfect for introductory grammar lessons! What is a verb?
 
Explore language and discover how to identify verbs and their many forms from the imperative mood to active vs. passive voice to verb phrases.
 
“Heller’s… concept book...

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Overview

Perfect for introductory grammar lessons! What is a verb?
 
Explore language and discover how to identify verbs and their many forms from the imperative mood to active vs. passive voice to verb phrases.
 
“Heller’s… concept book explicates and celebrates verbs of all kinds, in ebullient verses which themselves sail and soar.”
Publishers Weekly

“Graphic play and world play make this an ingenious lesson that no classroom grammarian should miss.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Children will find it a painless and concise grammar lesson as well as a visual treat… A boon for language arts teachers as well as for all children and adults who love to play with language.”
School Library Journal

 
About the Explore! series:
 
Dedicated to helping children learn a variety of nonfiction subjects, the Explore series uses pitch-perfect rhyming text and brilliantly illustrated images to make learning fun.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Heller's newest concept book explicates and celebrates verbs of all kinds, in ebullient verses which themselves sail and soar. As in her previous works, the verses are accompanied by bold, gaily colored graphics that are especially striking for their skillful use of pattern and design. More ambitious in scope than her earlier books, however, this one attains a level of textual and conceptual complexity that may, by the end, leave its intended audience behind. The adroit but increasingly difficult verses addressing such points as tense, mood and voice may be of more interest to a parent or teacher than to a child, for whom the book's simpler, beginning pages are likely to hold more direct appeal. Ages 4-8. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
One of four books in the "World of Language" series, Heller informs and entertains as she teaches kids about the various parts of speech. This entry is about verbs-those words that tell you something is being done. The illustrations are pure delight as readers meet vigorous verbs, linking verbs, helping verbs, and learn about active and passive voice and those nasty irregular verbs. It's a great ways to help allay fears and to remove potential boredom from a grammar lesson. A good choice for any library and home too. 1998 (orig.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Bold, bright illustrations and playful rhymes introduce the particulars and peculiarities of the parts of speech in 10 inch-square books easy to hold up in front of a group as you sensitize youngsters to what makes good English. Ms Heller's similar Many Luscious Lollipops, Merry-Go-Round, and A Cache of Jewels target adjectives, nouns, and collective nouns, respectively.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 5 Heller, who celebrated collective nouns in A Cache of Jewels (Grossett, 1987) here gives similar treatment to verbs in singing verse with vibrant illustrations which fairly leap from the pages in double-page spreads. While verbs do not lend themselves easily to two-dimensional illustrations, and many of the concepts here are too advanced and abstract for the usual picture book age child, these illustrations and the design of the book have such appeal that even children to whom the words seem mostly gibberish will enjoy the rhythm and visual impact of the book. Older children will find it a painless and concise grammar lesson as well as a visual treat. Most of the verse flows smoothly, and the meanings are clear. Verbs illustrated are well chosen and not hackneyed. While the overall design of the book is outstanding, it is unfortunate (for library circulation) that the text continues on the endpapers. This book should be a boon to language arts teachers in the upper elementary grades as well as fun for all children and adults who love to play with language. Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698113893
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Series: Explore! Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 196,098
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.81 (w) x 9.41 (h) x 0.21 (d)

Meet the Author

After receiving a fine arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and completing two years of graduate work in design at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, Ruth Heller (1923-2004) began her career designing wrapping paper, cocktail napkins, greeting cards, and coloring books. After five years of rejection and one complete revision, Heller's first book, Chickens Aren't the Only Ones, about egg-laying animals, was published in 1981. It was so successful that the sequel, and second book to be published, Animals Born Alive And Well (1982), about mammals, quickly followed. In 1983 and 1984, her third and fourth titles, The Reason For A Flower (about plants that have seeds and flowers) and Plants That Never Ever Bloom (about plants that do not) were published.

She then began work on a collection of six books, the How To Hide series on camouflage and the magic of this phenomenon in nature, which covered the entire animal kingdom — insects, birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and sea creatures. The next collection of books became a five-volume series on parts of speech: A Cache of Jewels and Other Collective Nouns; Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs; Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book About Adjectives; Merry-Go- Round: A Book About Nouns; and Up, Up and Away: A Book About Adverbs. She also wrote and illustrated the unique and fascinating book Color, a charming and instructive guide to how art goes through the four color printing process.

Among the notable people who have had an influence on Heller's writing have been: Ogden Nash, Gilbert and Sullivan, Edward Lear, Hilaire Belloc, and Dr. Seuss. Heller says of her work, "All my books are nonfiction picture books in rhyme. I find writing in rhyme enjoyable and challenging, and I think it is an easy way for children to learn new facts and acquire a sophisticated vocabulary. Children are not intimidated by big words. I try to make my writing succinct and allow the illustrations to convey as much information as possible."

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    Great book for teaching grammar!

    I love using picture books to teach. Students love to have a visual to relate to topic. This book has great pictures and I find that students of all ages would enjoy this. A must have for teachers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2008

    A Beautiful Book

    The drawings in this book are FANTASTIC. My brother wanted to eat the candy right out of the book. I love the way it rhymes, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2005

    Highly recommended!

    Ruth Heller's books which explain and explore the parts of speech are among my favorite language arts books. My kids love her books as well as Brian P. Cleary's Words are Categorical series, which explain in rhymed verse all these topics. Great art, solid text. There's a lot to like here.

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