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"This book is not a primer; it’s a prize."
—Robert Hartwell Fiske, author of The Dictionary of Disagreeable English
"A wistful, charming and funny ode to a nearly lost art. Those who remember will cheer. Those who don’t will wonder what fun they missed and whether it will be preserved for future generations. All will agree Florey’s passion is infectious and entertaining."
—June Casagrande, author of Grammar Snobs are Great Big Meanies
Excerpted from Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog by Florey, Kitty Burns Copyright © 2007 by Florey, Kitty Burns. Excerpted by permission.
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1 ENTER THE DOG
17 TIMES CHANGE
35 GENERAL RULES
61 POETRY & GRAMMAR
103 YOUSE AIN’T GOT NO CLASS
125 DIAGRAMMING REDUX
Posted February 20, 2010
I got this book because I heard of something called: diagramming sentences. This book was the only book that B&N had on it, so I picked it up. It does not teach how to diagram sentences, but it did get me excited to learn. It provided a story about the author and some back ground information on how diagramming sentences came about. This book also has a lot of examples of diagrammed sentences. This book, I believe, is good for those that wish to have a fun, quick read and learn something at the same time. My father said he wished there was a book like this when he had to learn how to diagram sentence, for he had nothing to get him even the slightest bit interested in diagramming sentences when he had to learn to in school. Hope this is helpful!
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Posted October 27, 2011
An excellent gift for any teacher attempting to impart the "lost art of diagramming" to their students, this book is a unique look at the history and dissecting of English sentence structure. Based on her own experiences in diagramming, as well as analyzing various sentences, Kitty ingeniously starts and ends with the barking dog. Reading excerpts from her humorous and insightful work to pupils will surely inspire and encourage. The only caution is "Beware the flaws!"Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.