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Young readers will receive a better-than-average introduction to punctuation marks and their uses in this cheerfully illustrated collection of poems. Each selection presents an individual punctuation mark through rhyming verse: "Ellipsis points...three tiny dots.../Are perfect for those silent spots./Their use, dear reader, is permitted/When certain phrases are omitted." The featured punctuation marks are highlighted in red, and most of the offerings are followed by a rhyming example of the symbol in action. An overarching narrative about a punctuation field day loosely ties the poems together. Bruno's writing is clear and lively throughout, though most children will trip momentarily over her choice of the word "apropos." Bright collages of children of various ethnicities engaged in diverse activities complement the text. Jan Carr's Greedy Apostrophe (Holiday House, 2007), Lynne Truss's Eats, Shoots and Leaves (Putnam, 2006), and other works have explored individual punctuation marks. Bruno's comprehensive approach to the topic offers good value to smaller collections.-Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
Praise for Punctuation Celebration:
“Here's a poetic way to learn punctuation—14 rhyming poems, with illustrated examples of hyphens, colons and other acrobatic punctuation at work. It's playfully instructive.”—USA Today
“Teachers presenting punctuation will be glad to have such a lighthearted interpretation of the topic to share with their classes.”—Booklist
“For those looking for a quick punctuation review in a fresh style, this will do nicely.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Bruno’s writing is clear and lively throughout. . . . Bright collages of children of various ethnicities engaged in diverse activities complement the text. . . . Bruno’s comprehensive approach to the topic offers good value to smaller collections.”—School Library Journal
Posted August 11, 2010
This book makes learning punctuation fun and funny. My nine year old loves it. I know she will remember to plop her dot where the sentence stops, and shout with her exclamation point!
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Posted July 13, 2012
It's not easy to compose poems about punctuation, and make them really work. This is a good effort, but falls short of a good poetry book.
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Posted November 11, 2009
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