Merry-Go-Roundby Ruth Heller
First published at the turn of the century, these bouncy rhymes and Victorian illustrations 'magically' change as they revolve.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyTo say that Heller has a way with words is to understate a multifaceted talent. In her previous books on language, her spirited verse and vibrantly hued pictures have provided lively lessons on the meaning of collective nouns, verbs and adjectives. Here, she examines nouns of all kinds: common and proper, abstract and concrete, compound, collective, singular and plural. The rhymed text of this book is as witty and smooth as its predecessors. Heller's vivid illustrations include a scaly, purple-tongued dragon; armored knights on horseback; a quartet of carousel animals; and a spectrum of fish, fruits and flowers. Intricate background patterns and designs further enrich many of the pages. Rarely does a book offer children so much to look at, listen to and learn. Ages 6-up. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn CourtotOne 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 nouns-those words that name a person, place or thing. The illustrations are pure delight as readers meet abstract nouns, concrete nouns, compound nouns, and learn about plurals including those tricky words that end in "fe" and nouns that remain the same or become entirely new words. 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 KobrinBold, 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, Kites Sail High, and A Cache of Jewels target adjectives, verbs, and collective nouns, respectively.
School Library JournalK-Gr 6-- Nouns of all kinds are the subject of Heller's latest in her series of books on parts of speech. Common, proper, abstract, concrete, compound, and collective nouns are all defined and shown by example in usually lilting verse. Singular, plural, and possessive forms of nouns are also thoroughly covered, and determiners are explained and demonstrated. The rhyme form is used with amazing skill but now and then seems forced as in, ``Nouns are highly effective./ The last kind of NOUN is . . . COLLECTIVE.'' How and why they work are not explained. Striking graphic design with large clear objects in bold colors overflowing each double-page spread make the book a visual treat. The use of bold type for all the nouns is particularly pleasing and will make for easy reading aloud. Heller's language books challenge users' creativity since the concepts are difficult for the picture-book format. Conversely, the verse and illustrations can delight very young children while older readers are sure to find the concise definitions clearer and certainly more entertaining than any grammar text. Those who have found the others in the series successful will want this one. --Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ
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