Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs

Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs

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by Ruth Heller
     
 

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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 explicates and celebrates verbs of all kinds, in ebullient verses which

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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 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:
02/28/1998
Series:
Explore! Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
407,148
Product dimensions:
8.81(w) x 9.41(h) x 0.21(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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