Mine, All Mine!: A Book About Pronouns

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Perfect for introductory grammar and language arts lessons!
 
What is a pronoun? How do you use it? Do you say, "These candies are for him and me"—or "he and I?"
 
Explore language and discover how to use pronouns and their many forms from personal to ...

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Overview

Perfect for introductory grammar and language arts lessons!
 
What is a pronoun? How do you use it? Do you say, "These candies are for him and me"—or "he and I?"
 
Explore language and discover how to use pronouns and their many forms from personal to reflexive to demonstrative.
 
Praise for Mine, All Mine!:

“Once again, Heller has taken a part of speech and made its function perfectly and entertainingly clear. ... From cover to cover, the stylishly drawn, brilliantly colored, double-paged illustrations grab readers and don't let go. ... Who would have thought pronouns could be such fun?”—School Library Journal

“Bold, handsome illustrations accompanied by a jaunty, rhymed text demonstrate their importance ... with all the panache of a Madison Avenue publicity campaign. ... Language teachers, rejoice!”—The Horn Book

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.

Books in the series:

Explore Language
1. Behind the Mask: A Book About Prepositions
2. Cache of Jewels: And Other Collective Nouns
3. Fantastic! Wow! and Unreal!: A Book About Interjections and Conjunctions
4. Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs
5. Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book About Adjectives
6. Mine, All Mine!: A Book About Pronouns
7. Merry-Go-Round: A Book About Nouns
8. Up, Up and Away: A Book About Adverbs
 
Explore Nature
1. Animals Born Alive and Well: A Book About Mammals and Their Young
2. Chickens Aren't the Only Ones: A Book About Animals Who Lay Eggs
3. The Reason for a Flower: A Book About Flowers, Pollen, and Seeds
4. Plants that Never Ever Bloom: A Book About Fungi, Ferns, and Other Plants Without Flowers

Introduces various types of pronouns, explains how and when to use them, and provides whimsical glimpses of what our language would be without them.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1-6Once again, Heller has taken a part of speech and made its function perfectly and entertainingly clear. This time it's pronounspersonal, possessive, demonstrative, indefinite, reflexive, intensive, interrogative, and relative. From cover to cover, the stylishly drawn, brilliantly colored, double-paged illustrations grab readers and don't let go. The exceptionally fluent, rhythmic text is printed in an unobtrusive font with pronouns highlighted in bright blue. Like Up, Up and Away (1991) and Kites Sail High (1988, both Grosset), Mine, All Mine is at its very best when read aloud. "Demonstrative pronouns make it clear. Those are far. These are near. They point out decisively. This is she and that is he." While younger readers are an obvious audience, be sure to introduce this title and its counterparts to elementary-grade language-arts teachers and their students. Who would have thought pronouns could be such fun?Alicia Eames, New York City Public Schools
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Having introduced would-be grammarians to the wonders of nouns and collective nouns (Merry-Go-Round, A Cache of Jewels), Heller now presents those stand-ins for the stars-pronouns. Bold, handsome illustrations accompanied by a jaunty, rhymed text demonstrate their importance ("pronouns take the place of nouns...so we don't have to say...Mike said Mike walked Mike's dogs today") with all the panache of a Madison Avenue publicity campaign. Designed with impeccable logic, the book presents various categories of pronouns-personal, possessive, demon-strative, relative, interrogative, indefinite, reflexive, and intensive-in lively vignettes that feature familiar allusions. The climactic encounter between Red Riding Hood and the wolf, for example, offers an opportunity to explore the proper use of who and whom with the tongue-in-cheek solemnity of an academic debate ("Whom is the one to whom something is done, and who is the one who does it. She is the one who was dressed in red to whom the carnivorous grandmother said, 'The better to eat you with, my dear'"). But the point is clear and entertaining-as is the whole book. A helpful summation is appended. Language teachers, rejoice!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698117976
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Explore! Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 99,303
  • Age range: 6 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.81 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.13 (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 Series to teach 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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    One of My Favorite Pronoun Books!!

    This book, along with Brian P. Cleary's 'I and You and Don't Forget Who - What is a Pronoun?' are my two favorite books to help kids, and adults, understand this particular part of speech. The illustrations in Heller's book are beautiful!

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