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The bee begins and one by one, the punctuation marks drop out. Finally, as the loudspeaker announces the end of the school day, only Quentin, Penny, and Elsie remain. It looks ...
The bee begins and one by one, the punctuation marks drop out. Finally, as the loudspeaker announces the end of the school day, only Quentin, Penny, and Elsie remain. It looks like a three-way tie. Then Quentin asks an important question that saves the day-for Penny!
Moira Donohue, author of Alfie the Apostrophe, again makes punctuation fun in this up-close look at the important mark that stops everything-the period. Jenny Law's lively illustrations add just the right touch.
Gr 1-3- Penny, a period, and her friend Quentin, a question mark, are excited about the upcoming Punctuation Bee. Elsie, a brash and confident exclamation mark, points out that an exclamation mark has been victorious for the past three years, making Penny even more determined to win. Predictably, she takes the lead as the bell rings to end the competition. Savvy students of grammar will note logical flaws in the story. Connie the comma and Penny the period are awarded extra points for using their punctuation marks multiple times within a sentence, though other contestants could never receive more than one point. Penny's winning point is awarded erroneously; though she recites her sentence aloud, she is given a point for the written abbreviation of the word "Mister." While a few useful lessons can be found in the text, these examples are lost within the busy page design. Law's enthusiastically colorful, simplistic punctuation people do little to save Donohue's mediocre story. For a more compelling punctuation tale, try Jan Carr's Greedy Apostrophe (Holiday House, 2007).-Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
Posted September 9, 2009
I am a big fan of any sort of learning you can do that doesn't require rote memorization or the use of a club. I'll use Schoolhouse Rock as my shining example, where you're singing so loudly about interjections that you don't even realize you've just learned that they're "generally set apart from a sentence by an exclamation point, or by a comma when the feeling's not as strong." "Penny and the Punctuation Bee" is a book in that vain. Your kids will get caught up in Moira Donohue's story, colorfully illustrated by Jenny (rhymes with Penny) Law. (Will Penny win the Punctuation Bee? Or will she be beaten out by the perky cheerleader, Elsie? Will Quentin ever stop asking questions? And doesn't Mr. Dash look groovy in his fancy new bow tie?) The fact that your kids will also learn something while they read this book is pure gravy. (Or, as Elsie would say: Gravy!)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 18, 2008
'Bright,' 'cheerful' and 'encouraging' all describe Donohue's most recent punctuation lesson in 'Penny and the Punctuation Bee.' Once again Donohue has struck the fine chord between instructional and fun. Penny and her friends help youngsters learn in the positive way the correct use of marks that end our sentences as well as serve other uses in helping us to communicate clearly with one another. She rejects the approach found today in some pockets of teaching and writing that tend to teach the mistake. Other books focus on the errors of misuse. This only confuses youngsters who are still learning the basics. Read Penny and see how it is done right the first time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 21, 2008
Donohue follows Alfie the Apostrophe with another romp through the world of animate punctuation marks. This book focuses on final punctuation marks and Penny the star of the book is a dazzling, fun, wonderful, and makes learning about punctuation an adventure. As an adult who has trouble with punctuation and grammar, I am a huge fan of Donohue's books and I can actually use it to learn from too. But the real value of this book is that it will intrigue and entertain children as they learn about punctuationWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 20, 2008