Don't Dangle Your Participle

Don't Dangle Your Participle

by Vanita Oelschlager


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Words and pictures show children what a dangling participle is all about. Young readers are shown an incorrect sentence that has in it a dangling participle. They are then taught how to make the sentence read correctly. It is done in a cute and humorous way. The dangling participle loses its way and the children learns how to help it find its way back to the correct spot in the sentence. This is followed by some comical examples of sentences with dangling participles and their funny illustrations, followed by an illustration of the corrected sentence. Young readers will have fun recognizing this problem in sentence construction and learning how to fix it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938164026
Publisher: VanitaBooks, LLC
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Pages: 22
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist, former teacher, current caregiver, author and poet. She is a graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she currently serves as a Trustee. Vanita is also Writer in Residence for the Literacy Program at The University of Akron. She and her husband Jim received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in 2006. She won the Congressional ‘Angels in Adoption’ Award for the state of Ohio in 2007 and was named National Volunteer of the Year by the MS society in 2008. She was honored as 2009 Woman Philanthropist of the Year by the Summit County United Way. In May 2011, Vanita received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from University of Mount Union.
Prior to her publishing and writing career, Vanita taught school for 19 years and then helped her husband with his company, Oak Associates. Mother of two daughters, stepmother to a son and daughter, she is grandmother to seven.

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Don't Dangle Your Participle 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
RoseisReading 2 days ago
Don’t Dangle you Particle is author Vanita Oelschlager introduction on particles. At the beginning of the book, there is a good explanation of what a particle is. Each particle is listed on two separate pages, one incorrect and one correct. Both pages have an illustration to explain the authors' examples. The illustrations are cute and very helpful in explaining the author’s examples. A cute book with funny examples to help a child who is struggling with the concept of particles. This book could also be a great supplement in schools, libraries or homeschooling families.
Bellasgram1217 More than 1 year ago
What a fun and easy way to teach children about participles. Full of great illustrations and funny sentences this book will surely keep any child amused and interested. Learning vocabulary is hard enough, so why not make it fun. A participle is a verb that acts like a adjective (aka: growl into growling or growled). I highly recommend this book for any child having issues with this or just a refresher for adults. How soon we forget what we learned in school. I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
This is a fun and educational book for children. Children do not usually enjoy learning grammar in school however, if they were given this book grammar would have them laughing out loud. It demonstrates how, when used incorrectly, participles can give the wrong, but funny, meaning of a sentence. Participle is defined at the beginning and is partnered with some examples of good and poor usage. I feel this would be a good book for the classroom and for home. I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
Don't Dangle Your Participle by Vanita Oelschlager I love the humor of a difficult concept. I read through the book with a smile plastered on my face. The Definition is great, and how they go to the extreme to explain it makes it even more humorous, I can see using this in front of a class to teach this difficult concept, and having the kiddos giggling uproariously. I reckon it’s a book that every teacher should have in their classroom.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This book should be in every classroom. The subject of Participles is not an easy one and this book makes it clear to understand and a lot of fun. Every other page shows the misuse of a participle and an illustration of what it says, the next page shows it correctly used with another illustration. Kids will love the silliness of the incorrect ones and it will surely help them to understand the concept. Thank you to Netgalley and Vanita Books for the opportunity to read and review this title.
SophiesMindset More than 1 year ago
The book is a cute idea that I totally support. I like how the author carefully explains the participle and it's roll, and then illustrates the incorrect and correct way to use one in a sentence. I was really hoping this would be an awesome supplemental material for English class, while it is useful in that role, the book is awfully short (20 pages!) and most of the sentences feature a passive voice (something we try to teach children to avoid!) Most of the double-spread pages each contain only one sentence - with an excellent illustration of the sentence on the spread. This is a book I recommend you check out of your library, because it is useful, but it's slim nature just doesn't warrant purchasing.  I received a complimentary ebook in exchange for my honest review.
catloverAD More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to help children understand the importance of sentence structure while using participles. The artwork was fantastic! Read through Netgalley and Vanita Books for review.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
The book starts by explaining different grammatical terms such as verbs and adjectives and what a participle is and how it is important to ensure they are correctly positioned in any sentence. This book is designed to help children realise how altering the position of the participle can totally change the meaning of the sentence, citing some humorous examples of when these are wrongly positioned before going on to show how they should be used. In every instance there are superb pictures to demonstrate the meaning of the sentences, helping highlight the position of the participle altering how the sentence is interpreted.  This isn’t a story book but is designed to help improve children’s understanding and interpretation of sentences. I suspect it may be very useful to teachers (and parents) who are striving to help their children understand these concepts - a very useful and truly educational resource to make learning to use participles correctly great fun. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley for letting me read this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
megHan-sHena More than 1 year ago
Don't Dangle Your Participle I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.  No other consideration was offered, expected or received. This is another one of Vanita's books to help young children learn.  This time she's discussing dangling participles and the child learns about sentence construction, how to identify a dangling participle, and how to fix it ... all within a cute story and with some great illustrations, done this time by Mike Desantis.  A great teaching aid to use with young children. This book is funny and the kids had a lot of fun reading the sentences and looking at the silly pictures.  
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Don't Dangle Your Participle Author: Vanita Oelschlager Illustrator: Mike Dasantis Publisher: Vanita Books Published: 5-1-2014 ISBN: 978-1-93816-402-6 Pages: 22 Genre: Children's Tags: Educational Sensual Level: N/A Overall Rating: Very Good Reviewed For: NetGalley Reviewer: DelAnne Teaching grammar and punctuation to young minds is hard at any time, but teaching it to young minds is next to impossible. Vanita Oelschlager has met the challenge with the help of illustrator Mike Desantis to teach with simple examples and eye-catching art. It makes learning fun and helps young minds get a head start on learning the principles of Participles. I Read this story with my young nieces and nephews and they found it captivating. I am not sure they understood everything they heard and read, but at least they want to hear the story again and with time the examples will stick and they will have a leg up on perfecting their grammar. Ages 4, 5, 6 & 7 are still more interested in short books with pictures, but I am just glad that they do not realize how educational it truly is so that they keep reading it. I hope there will be other books such as this one in the offering as well.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
What is it? It’s a verb that acts like an adjective. It comes before a noun – modifying it, making it come alive! In the first few pages of this book, the author describes exactly what a participle is with easy to read terms and sentences. With duplicate sentence structure on subsequent pages, this book shows the reader that by inserting the participle in the wrong spot it will convey the wrong message when reading almost the exact sentence. Using humorous illustrations, this same message is conveyed by showing the correct way and the wrong way that the participle is inserted in the sentence. Just by looking at the pictures, the reader can see the difference and by reflecting back on the sentence structure they can again see where the participle was inserted to see where the mistake was made. I love how this book was set up. It’s a great visual tool to explain this concept. The pictures were great and they were bright and I loved how the book flowed. I cannot keep track of how many times have I read something and laughed because of this error. I laughed not because I found fault of the writer, I laughed because like Vanita I imaged these funny pictures in my head. When I explain these errors to the writer they smiled most of the time for that not what they wanted to convey, it is that they were confused. Adults and children alike will benefit from this book. Learning and laughing at the comical errors that the author has shed on these pages. This book is truly a delight- educational and funny and something we all need. Oh, by the way, watch out for the driving turtles. Thank you NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book.