The Case of the Incapacitated Capitals


The capital letters in Mr. Wright's classroom require immediate medical attention! They are suffering from severe neglect. Mr. Wright's students have completely forgotten about them—and about Teacher Appreciation Day. Luckily an EMS team is on the way for this grammar emergency in the latest addition to Robin Pulver and Lynn Rowe Reed's language arts library.
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The capital letters in Mr. Wright's classroom require immediate medical attention! They are suffering from severe neglect. Mr. Wright's students have completely forgotten about them—and about Teacher Appreciation Day. Luckily an EMS team is on the way for this grammar emergency in the latest addition to Robin Pulver and Lynn Rowe Reed's language arts library.
Filled with bold, bright illustrations, this book is a fun and unforgettable introduction to capital letters

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In an era of all-caps Internet posts and no-caps e-mails, Pulver and Reed make the case for correct capitalization. Mr. Wright’s classroom seems to have forgotten how to use capitals, and the letters are falling ill due to lack of use (“riting a letter is not the same as texting,” Mr. Wright tells the kids). Reed’s chunky acrylic paintings feature interjections from capital and lowercase letters alike, and while the underlying story line—which involves Teacher Appreciation Day and Mr. Wright’s embarrassing nickname—is a bit convoluted, Mr. Wright (with help from some instructive back matter) makes the rules of capitalization clear. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Suzanne Javid
It is a beautiful day in Mr. Wright's classroom. But, wait, help! ABC is down, DEF is ailing, GHI is aching and the rest of the alphabet capital letters are bedraggled and battered. Oh my! The small letters are worried about them. It seems kids have forgotten about using capital letters and now the letters are frail, collapsing, failing, and sagging fast. The kids send out an SOS—Save Our Sentences! Capital letters—aka uppercase—incapacitated! While waiting for help, the kids try to capitalize but the uppercase letters stagger and stumble into all the wrong places. Finally, emergency medics arrive and quickly diagnose the problem as a case of serious neglect. Some uppercase letters need CPPR (Capital Position and Posture Repair), others require extra support and all receive fresh, fortified ink injections. This is a classroom story with a clear message regarding the impact of technology on literacy, specifically writing. The reminder from Mr. Wright that writing is not the same as texting may lead to classroom conversations as well as provide springboards for further writing or even drama and role-playing by students. Useful rules regarding both capitalization and letter writing format are included. A very brief history of the days before typewriters and computers leads to a discussion of printing presses. This book is an excellent resource for teacher educators to share with elementary school teaching staff enabling conversations regarding classroom implications. Vivid artwork painted on canvas with acrylics is digitally reproduced and enhanced. Busy pages and perhaps too busy a story as well. Even though less detractions from the story line may have been better, the message is clear and presented in an amusing way—uppercase letters, use them or lose them. Reviewer: Suzanne Javid
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Pulver and Reed add to their children's grammar franchise by teaching the rules of capitalization. Mr. Wright's students have stopped using uppercase letters (he alludes to texting as a possible cause), and so they have become weakened through underuse-"incapacitated." In the course of correcting a letter they have written to the principal, the students (and readers) learn all the ways that capital letters are used in properly written English. Reed's childlike gouache, acrylic, and collage illustrations are charming and feature speech bubbles of running commentary-always a hit with children, but a challenge for a read-aloud. Every capital letter in the text and speech bubbles is prominently featured in colored font. There are a couple of instances in which the author has chosen to use ellipses instead of starting a new sentence (so as to avoid an uppercase letter) and this could confuse readers. An addendum gives a history of capital letters, notes on correspondence, and a list of capitalization rules. An additional purchase for those libraries that circulate the series.—Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC
Kirkus Reviews
Mr. Wright's class learns the importance of capital letters in this latest from Pulver and Reed. Feeling underused and ignored, the bandaged and splinted capital letters are not doing their job--they are incapacitated. But life goes on as usual in Mr. Wright's class, the students not noticing the absence of the uppercases, even when they compose a letter. But Mr. Wright notices. "[W]riting a letter is not the same as texting." His clueless class takes a while to cotton on to the problem, though, getting wrapped up in guessing Mr. Wright's nickname. Humorous asides punctuate their teacher's lesson on capitalization rules and the format for writing a letter (both of which are summed up in the backmatter). But when the kids try to correct their mistakes, they discover the deplorable condition of the uppercase letters. Luckily, the lowercase letters sent out an SOS, and the medics arrive to save the day. A fascinating note caps things off by explaining how capital and small letters got the monikers uppercase and lowercase. Reed's acrylic-and-digital artwork sports her now-trademark style, childlike figures surrounded by doctored plastic fridge magnets. But this is not as strong as their other language-arts titles, Pulver taking too long setting up the story. Still, this is a pretty painless way to teach capitalization and letter writing. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823424023
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,525,028
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Pulver is the author of Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day and Punctuation Takes a Vacation, which was a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Ms. Pulver lives in upstate New York.

Lynn Rowe Reed created the energetic and unique illustrations for Punctuation Takes a Vacation, Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day, and Silent Letters Loud and Clear. She lives in Indiana.

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