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To Root, to Toot, to Parachute: What Is a Verb?

To Root, to Toot, to Parachute: What Is a Verb?

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by Brian P. Cleary, Jenya Prosmitsky (Illustrator)

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Rhyming text and illustrations of comical cats present numerous examples of verbs. Words Are CATegorical.


Rhyming text and illustrations of comical cats present numerous examples of verbs. Words Are CATegorical.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"Jog or juggle, jig or leap, Verbs can tire you out a heap." Author Brian P. Cleary and illustrator Jenya Prosmitsky have teamed up again to give young readers a grammar lesson in To Root, to Toot, to Parachute: What Is a Verb?, a worthy companion to A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What Is a Noun? and Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What Is an Adjective? Prosmitsky's signature silly cats act and act and act! Aspiring writers will know by the end of this book that, "If it's an action, it's a verb!" ( Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Who ever thought that a grammar book could be fun? This one teaches grammar and rhyming, too. But there's absolutely nothing didactic about it. Beginning readers might have to expand their minds a little, but stretching is good exercise. The book is a vital part of the "Words are Categorical" series—vital because, as Cleary and his verses explain, every sentence needs a verb. No matter what you do, that "do" will become all kinds of actions—"sing and dance, pray or practice, preach or prance." All of the actions make for a totally wonderful time. Humans can "toodle-ooh," too, which of course animals can't. If the reader isn't familiar with that phrase, the illustration clears it up immediately. Most of Prosmitzky's rollicking illustrations show cats doing everything, as only cats can. Eventually we find dogs barking and cars racing, so humans (and cats) are not the only creatures to use verbs. 2001, Carolrhoda, . Ages 7 to 9. Reviewer: Judy Silverman
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Humorous rhymes present a simple overview of a part of speech that can be quite complex, and the accompanying slapstick cartoons of cavorting cats provide just the right touch of cheeky humor. Together, they painlessly teach a grammar lesson about a word that shows action or being. Ruth Heller's Kites Sail High (Grosset & Dunlap, 1988) is richly illustrated but much harder to understand. To Root, to Toot explains verbs without using terms such as: subjunctive, imperative and indicative mood, active and passive voice, tense, regular and irregular. After reading Cleary's book, young students should be able to answer the question, "What is a verb?" Useful for any collection.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Lerner Publishing Group
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Words Are Categorical Series
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Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Brian P. Cleary is the creator of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical™ series, now a 13-volume set with more than 2 million copies in print. He is also the author of the Math Is CATegorical™ series and the single titles Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry, Rhyme and PUNishment: Adventures in Wordplay, Eight Wild Nights: A Family Hanukkah Tale, Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes: A Very Silly Alphabet Book and The Laugh Stand: Adventures in Humor. Mr. Cleary lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

JJenya Prosmitsky was born in Leningrad and grew up in Kishinev in the former U.S.S.R. She studied at Schusev Children's Art School and later at Repin College of Arts. After coming to the U.S., she graduated with a B.S. in Graphic Design from the University of Minnesota. She is the illustrator of A Mink, A Fink, A Skating Rink: What is a Noun?, Hairy, Scary, Ordinary, and To Root, To Toot, To Parachute (Lerner) and The Wedding That Saved a Town. She lives in Boston.

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To Root, to Toot, to Parachute: What Is a Verb? 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
reececo331 28 days ago
To Root, to Toot, to Parachute (Hardcover) by Brian P. Cleary Learning about Verbs and their uses, a great way of teaching the use and ideas for the terms of verbs. Used in a third grade class to introduce skills worksheets.