The Dragon Grammar Book: Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom

The Dragon Grammar Book: Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom

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ISBN-13: 9781988714042
Publisher: Diane Mae Robinson
Publication date: 01/27/2018
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Diane Mae Robinson is a multi-award winning children's fantasy author with ten international book awards and one provincial award for the current 3 books in The Pen Pieyu Adventures series. The author is also a children's book editor, artist, and writing instructor.

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Table of Contents

Introduction .................................................................... 13

Grammar Terminology .................................................... 15

Chapter 1 Confusing Words............................................... 31

Chapter 2 “Are” and “Is” in Verb Agreement...................... 49

Chapter 3 “Which” or “That”............................................. 55

Chapter 4 Who Did What to Whom?................................ 61

Chapter 5 Comma Confusion............................................ 65

Chapter 6 Ellipsis, Brackets, Braces.................................... 79

Chapter 7 Quotation Marks............................................... 83

Chapter 8 Em-Dash, En-Dash, Colon, Semicolon, Hyphen.... 89

Chapter 9 Dangling, Misplaced, and Squinting Things...... 99

Chapter 10 Clauses, Objects, Subjects.............................. 109

Level 1 Dragon Grammar Skill Test................................. 117

Level 2 Dragon Grammar Skill Test................................. 123

Level 1 Dragon Grammar Skill Test Answers.................. 125

Level 2 Dragon Grammar Skill Test Answers.................. 131

Sketches By The Author.................................................... 132

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The Dragon Grammar Book: Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Dgunner254 More than 1 year ago
The Dragon Grammar Book: Grammar for Kids by Diane Mae Robinson Before learning about something, you must know about the words that you might come across. That will save you the trouble of wondering what a word means every few lines. It will keep you from breaking the flow to consult a dictionary. To abate that problem, Diane Mae Robinson has opened her book with a glossary of common words used in grammar. Words like adjectives and verbs. This gives the reader a strong foundation before they delve deeper into the nitty gritties of grammar. The Dragon Grammar book then goes a step further and tells you what not to do. If you are trying to find directions to get somewhere, you want to know which turn not to take. Think of this second section as the forbidden path. It constitutes words that are commonly misused. It shows the reader how to use the said words in adherence to grammar rules. They are just common words like- there, their, they’re. Once the foundation has been properly developed. It is time to get into the think of it. The rest of the book is about word usage and sentence structure. This is where you earn your chops as an English speaker. All the basics and some parts of intermediate level grammar are highlighted and explored. The author has done an incredible job of including props. You always remember better when there is a picture accompanying the words. She develops that picture by involving characters from her The Pen Pieyu Adventures. Integration of these characters into The Grammar Book is simply genius. It is the perfect recipe for turning this from a frumpy textbook into a fun reading material and experience. In a further attempt to ensure the resource is not your run of the mill roadmap, she includes very funky examples. She also has quizzes at the end of each chapter. How does it feel when you finish reading a chapter then pass the ensuing quiz with flying colors? You proceed to the next, right? Moreover, your knowledge pool increases in depth, right? This is what these quizzes do. They ensure that the lessons remain ingrained. The book’s format contributes to the reader’s intake of the material. It takes the subject matter one meticulously precise step at a time. Each topic is designed to explore an individual grammar rule. The author has presented this book very well for maximum consumption of the benefit. It is useful and engaging. It provides a quintessential view of the subject in a simple way. It is dubbed ‘Grammar for Kids’ but from close review of the material it could be well and appropriately applicable to all ages. Children will enjoy the book’s deviation from a textbook approach and will therefore be more receptive to it. Learning never stops and adults can use this guide for reference. If English is not your first language, worry not. This book is designed to help people to whom English is completely and utterly foreign. The Dragon Grammar Book: Grammar for Kids gets five stars out of five for being useful, informative, and entertaining.
MamiTales More than 1 year ago
This is a must have resource for English writing children. With very clear descriptions, Diane Mae Robinson breaks down the English language in bite-sized pieces with very clear examples on how to write correctly. With the aid of her Pen Pieyu characters, and in a fun way, the reader can easily search and understand the different components of the English grammar. As a non-native English writer, I wish I could have had this book in my hands when I first began writing in this language. As I mentioned before, the book is broken in very comprehensive chapters along with exercises, to ensure that grammatical rule is fully understood. Again, it is not a book to sit down and read, but to use as a fabulous resource to guide older elementary school kids and middle-graders into the next level of writing.
More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
Review of the Dragon Grammar book; A Grammar Book for Kids, Dragons and the Whole Kingdom by Diane Mae Robinson. You may have seen my reviews for Sir Princess Petra. It’s adorable kid books where Petra goes on adventures with her dragon and friends. The author has taken those characters and environment and created a very fun book on grammar. There are 10 chapters on different sections of grammar. The book contains sketches throughout to make it fun for kids. She includes great examples in the chapters to put the material into context. There are also small quizzes throughout the book to test your knowledge. Then the author created to Dragon Grammar Skills test. It was very eye-opening for me. There are obviously two areas that I struggle with anymore and any more and when to use which and that. I highly recommend this book for kids and adults obviously after I saw my results
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite Schools, libraries, writers, and readers will benefit from The Dragon Grammar Book. In easy to understand terms, author Diane Mae Robinson explains adjectives, adverbs, compound sentences, and takes on complicated words like that and which. And that’s just the introduction! She gives examples of each grammar concept and explains the difference between affect and effect, but also other confusing words like they’re, their, or there, and then provides examples. Each page could be a lesson for teachers in a classroom or adults and children who want to practice correct grammar. Good grammar is imperative in school, at work, or in social media posts. The occasional table helps compare singular and plural words, or present tense, past tense, and past participles. “Meaning is everything, and the comma, or lack of the comma, can make a big difference.” This sentence is so true. I often call my daughter for dinner: "Come and eat, Kristen.” Without a comma—or pause—she would be dinner! Author Diane Mae Robinson has written an excellent book on grammar that children and adults will comprehend. She explains the meanings of words and then uses them in a sentence. Sometimes, she even tells us how not to use it. Whether you’re new to grammar or just need a review, The Dragon Grammar Book is the best place to start—and end! Full-page gray scale images are well done by Breadcrumbs Ink and appear at the start of each chapter. I love how the dragon reads a book with the girl. Middle-grade students will like the dragon and princess references, which should keep them reading. I believe the Test Your Knowledge pages are beneficial to readers to make sure they understand the basic concepts before moving on. Teachers and readers will enjoy the skill-testing questions to make sure they understand the material.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite Do you think English grammar is fun? No? Join the club. It can be torture. However, there is a book called The Dragon Grammar Book by Diane Mae Robinson and it might just change your opinion about grammar books - if even just a little. The author is an award-winning writer of fantasy books and now shares her knowledge about grammar in a way that is more entertaining (and thus motivating) than your average grammar book. The lessons include characters from the author's fantasy books, but previous knowledge of them is not necessary. Chapter by chapter, basic grammar topics and some trickier issues are tackled. They are followed by some tests, so that you can check whether you have actually understood what the lessons were about. I am not a big fan of grammar and sometimes do get a bit confused about the use of commas, for example. While The Dragon Grammar Book by Diane Mae Robinson is aimed at a North American audience, I can still get a lot of use from the various chapters (though, funnily, North Americans seem to like the Oxford comma a lot more than English people do!) and found the book a lot nicer than usual grammar books. Usually, grammar books are boring, cold, and rather dry. I avoid them. When I read the description of this book, it made me curious. Could there really be such a thing as a FUN grammar book? I doubted it. A few nice illustrations here and there would surely not turn that nasty thing called grammar into something more attractive, would it? Well, to be honest, the illustrations could go and the book would still be nice! Obviously, kids will love the more colorful aspect of the book, but for someone like me, the content itself counted. It was pleasant to read, but don't ever tell my ex-English teachers that I said this about a grammar book - or maybe DO tell them and keep them from torturing more students with horrible grammar books. Of course, I could also find no fault with the content itself, and everything was nicely explained. I am sure that many people who need to deal with grammar will enjoy this book and find it very useful.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite The Dragon Grammar Book: Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom is a nonfiction educational book for children written by Diane Mae Robinson. Robinson is the author of The Pen Pieyu Adventures, a children’s adventure series starring Sir Princess Petra. She’s also a writing instructor who still finds it necessary, from time to time, to double-check those grammar rules. In this book, Robinson presents basic grammar rules in an accessible manner that is geared for young readers, and she does so using the characters and story line of her Pen Pieyu series. She begins with a glossary of grammar terms, and then proceeds to demystify confusing and often misused words and phrases, such as affect/effect and between/among and the deadliest of them all -- lie/lay. She then tackles verb agreement, punctuation and other aspects of syntax and sentence structure, employing examples that are filled with dragons, castles and, of course, Sir Princess Petra herself. Robinson includes spot quizzes at the ends of many chapters, and she also provides two levels of Dragon Grammar Skill Tests with answers at the end of the book. I love dragons and grammar! So my eyes lit up when I saw Diane Mae Robinson’s nonfiction educational book for children, The Dragon Grammar Book: Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom. I’m also a big fan of Sir Princess Petra, whose adventures have admirably shown kids that it’s cool to be both a princess and a knight or a prince who likes to cook. And while I’ve read any number of dry, tolerable and even enjoyable books on grammar, I’ve rarely come across as well presented and entertaining an approach to what can be an intimidating subject, particularly for a young audience or for adults learning English as a second language. Robinson gets to the heart of the really puzzling aspects of grammar and offers them up in a format designed to make learning grammar more fun. The chapter quizzes are enjoyable ways to make sure you’ve gotten all the rules down, and the Skill Tests are also quite useful for spotlighting areas that need more review. And unlike many of the classic grammar texts, her grammar recommendations are oriented toward pragmatic, real-world usage. The Dragon Grammar Book: Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom is a great resource for kids, their teachers and anyone else who’d like to know a bit more about language and how to use it. It’s most highly recommended.
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
This is a small treasure chest of grammar information, not only for kids but also for adults and those who love visiting dragons. Covering everything from punctuation to clauses to tricky word pairs and even more, this is a comprehensive glance at basic grammar. . .with a lovely dose of dragon, that is. After several pages of explanations concerning grammar terminology, the book goes on with ten chapters concerning various themes. Then, there are two fun tests at the end (as well as answers) to help readers see how much their grammar has improved and where they might need some brushing up. Fun illustrations, which depict the exciting characters from The Pen Pieyu Adventure series, help keep the book from growing too dry. This is a book, which I'll be keeping on my own shelves. The explanations are concise, easy to understand and hit upon simple things, which tend to cause trouble. While the explanations are clear, I wouldn't recommend this book for kids under ten to use on their own. Older kids, teens and adults will have no trouble diving into the pages, and even those ages eight and up will enjoy the entertaining examples. It's a great reference book to keep on the shelves, a lovely help for those just needing a bit more grammar assistance, and an ideal addition for a homeschooling program. The only thing I missed was a quick index to help find specific terms (especially for the Grammar Terminology and Confusing Words chapters). Still, the topics and rules are easy to find, and the chapters are well organized. Summed up, this is a great book for grammar basics, not only for kids but for adults. The fun characters give the entire thing the needed humor and spice to keep boredom at bay. I received a complimentary copy and found this book so helpful and well done that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.
Literary_Titan More than 1 year ago
The Dragon Grammar Book: Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom, by Diane Mae Robinson, is a handy writing tool for kids in one neat, little package. Robinson presents readers with a succinct list of terminology, ten chapters covering everything from subject and verb agreement to dangling participles and misplaced modifiers. Throughout the grammar guide, readers are treated to engaging illustrations of Sir Princess Petra and Snarls, the dragon. From beginning to end, The Dragon Grammar Book, provides readers with everything they need to address those most common questions they encounter as budding writers. Robinson begins her grammar guide with a very useful and well-organized grammar terminology section. Teachers, students, and parents will find the opening 15 pages of the book an extremely helpful tool for quickly skimming and finding definitions and examples of each of the parts of speech, punctuation, along with a few writing terms tossed in for good measure. Let’s face it, kids can shut down at lightning speed when a textbook comes into sight. The Dragon Grammar Book provides the perfect amount of information presented in short bursts that don’t overwhelm the reader. Accompanying explanations for each rule are not too wordy, and hold the reader’s attention long enough to make a point. The ongoing dragon theme is tucked into each of the example sentences throughout the book. As a teacher, I appreciate the wide variety of topics covered in the fairly short text. The author has chosen to include some areas students will encounter as their writing develops over the course of several years. Chapter One’s focus on confusing words was a breath of fresh air to this teacher. Arranged alphabetically and featuring brief, easy-to-understand examples, this portion of the book is simple to navigate and covers each and every roadblock young writers encounter as they learn to proofread and edit their work. I give The Dragon Grammar Book: Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom 5 out of 5 stars. Having a useful resource that engages students and includes a wide variety of grammar rules with short, fun examples is difficult to find. Robinson has produced a winner with this easy-to-navigate, all-inclusive, grammar guide for kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the way this book makes it simple for children and adults to learn, review and refresh the rules of the English language. The author uses a chapter book approach to highlight parts of speech, sentence structure, modifiers, word agreement, punctuation, and confusing words. Robinson strives to leave no stone unturned. She even tackles ellipsis, brackets, braces, quotation marks, and em and en hyphens, which most readers of this book probably never knew existed. Who doesn't love a challenge? At the end of each section, the author provides a mini quiz to test comprehension. When the reader finally reaches the end of the book, there is a mastery test on the contents of the entire book. Robinson links her content to her children's book series based on Princess Petra and her dragon friend. Illustrations spice up the lessons and make them fun. Readers are invited to sign up for a free coloring book. I would highly recommend this book for ages nine through ninety-nine. Keep it on your shelf to sharpen your skills and make your writing sparkle. I received an advance review copy and voluntarily decided to read and review giving my honest opinions for no monetary compensation.
WayneClark More than 1 year ago
It occurred to me while reading through Diane Mae Robinson’s The Dragon Grammar Book that its OOPS it’s not a work only for OOPS for only young visitors to her delightful kingdom. It’s for of all ages who want to communicate clearly. The fact that the author has gone to the trouble of creating crystal clear OOPS crystal-clear and fun examples of all the grammar rules any one OOPS anyone needs to know makes the book useful to those who hated grammar in school to the point they still don’t know why you can say this but you can’t say that. The author’s dragon deserves a teacher-of-the-year award. If you think a dangling participle is something you strike while playing piñata, this book is for you.
CLMurphy More than 1 year ago
Ms. Robinson explains in a clever and engaging manner, so that young writers can better understand the complex rules of English grammar. The entire family—or Kingdom—will enjoy the examples and activities from her award-winning series offered within the book. The illustrations that begin each chapter help set the playful tone.
KimMarston More than 1 year ago
When I first looked at The Dragon Grammar Book: Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom, I thought, “piece of cake.” My degree is in English. My children are homeschooled. I see, and teach, this stuff all the time. I was very wrong about the book. Diane Mae Robinson has created a wonderful resource with this collection of often confusing rules for the English language. Robinson is also the author of a popular children’s series called The Pen Pieyu Adventures. She incorporates the characters from that series into this book to keep it interesting for kids of all ages. As she points out, even people who teach the subject have to regularly refresh their memory when it comes to certain rules of grammar. While this book is aimed at middle school children, it will become a regular on my bookshelf. I can see myself grabbing it frequently when I need to make sure I am using a word correctly or punctuating appropriately. The lessons in the book are very easy to read and understand. The explanations are written in a way that even the most grammar-challenged person can follow it. And after you read all the rules, there are practice questions in the book to help check your mastery of the rules. My favorite part of the book is when she offers explanations for the most confusing rules. I have learned these rules over and over throughout my life, and still ended up confused a few times. Robinson managed to make even the toughest rules easy to follow and, even a little fun. As much as I love the English language, even I have to admit that this is hard to do. The book begins with definitions for parts of speech. This is an important, and sometimes, overlooked step. Starting with the basics ensures that no one is left behind. Of course, most people know the definition of noun, verb and adjective, but how many people can definitively define squinting modifier or dangling participle off the top of their heads? My guess is not many. She then moves on to confusing words such as any more versus anymore and between versus among. These confusing word pairs are all too often used incorrectly. She covers those and so much more in this thoroughly entertaining manual. The quizzes at the end of each chapter really do help to make sure the reader has absorbed the lesson. It’s a quick, easy way to make sure it’s okay to move on to the next chapter. I really enjoyed this book. That’s not something I expected to say after reading a book about grammar. I am giving it a solid 5. It was well researched and well written. While I am not sure my kids would be as taken with it as I am, I do think it will become their go-to resource when they have a grammar question. I highly recommend this book for those with kids in school and people trying to learn English as a second language.
TyLew More than 1 year ago
Petra and Snarls are back for more in the Pen Pieyu Adventures. This time, they are tackling something fun and incredibly challenging: grammar. Join them and the rest of human and dragon kind in a quest to discover the secrets of words: their usage, spelling, and which punctuation goes with them. Written in second person, this book instructs you of the dos and don'ts of grammar and the English language. With exciting examples to engage readers, you won’t want to miss out of this enjoyable, easy-to-understand, educational book. The Dragon Grammar Book was an easy-to-read informative book that I thoroughly enjoyed. Though this book was about grammar, which is not my favorite subject in school, the author, Diane Mae Robinson, did keep me engaged most of the time. It's meant to be a reference book on grammar, not a story to be read in one sitting. After reading the Pen Pieyu series, I fell in love with Petra and Snarls. Their unique personalities were portrayed perfectly and just as I remembered them. That was enough to keep me smiling throughout this entire book. It was an enjoyable book that kept me entertained. The facts in this book were spot on, and I learned a lot about grammar, spelling, and punctuation rules. As an educational book to look up some quick English facts, this is perfect. And I must say that after studying this book, I’m absolutely positive I’ll ace my next grammar test. Any elementary or middle schooler who reads this will, too. 14 year old student review
LitPick More than 1 year ago
The Dragon Grammar Book by Diane Mae Robinson is a clearly written, informative book of grammar for anyone ages 12 and up. It begins with an explanation of the author’s purpose for this project and a list of important definitions that should help readers understand the grammar and punctuation rules that are well-organized into ten chapters. To keep the book from feeling too much like a formal grammar book, each chapter begins with happy, light-hearted drawings of the characters from The Pen Pieyu Adventures series written by the same author. When they are compared with each other, the characters in the pictures seem to tell a fun story of their own about how grammar and punctuation might seem frightening at first but can be studied and learned. With an easy to understand book like this one, anyone can forget about it being a boring subject, and they can get excited about finally understanding how grammar and punctuation rules work. Opinion: The Dragon Grammar Book is a handy book to have around! In this book, the rules are explained very well, and they have simple, sometimes silly, sample sentences about a kingdom with dragons in it. Most of the sentences show readers how to set up grammar and punctuation correctly, but in a few of the sections, sentences are labeled with (Wrong). This helps readers see common mistakes that anyone can make. The “Test Your Knowledge” sections and two tests also give readers opportunities to check how much they learned from the book. Much of each test comes from the sample sentences, so readers can review explanations in the chapters again if they can’t quite remember how to set up the sentences. The book ends with a few character sketches and positive feedback from others about the author’s Pen Pieyu series, so if readers enjoyed the theme in this book, they might decide to read those books too. Grammar is usually hard to understand, but Ms. Robinson has made a difficult subject easy and interesting to learn. She explains why correct sentences are set up exactly the way they are, how some of the sentences are written incorrectly, and what to do to fix the mistake. When I first started studying grammar, I didn’t like it because many of the rules were complicated and didn’t make sense to me. This book has cleared up most of my confusion and has helped me see the purpose of learning to follow grammar and punctuation rules properly. I think reading this book will even help me be a better writer because it has helped me understand more about the parts of speech and how they work together with punctuation. Now I can set up my own sentences correctly more often and make sure they express the exact meaning that I want. Reviewed by a LitPick student book reviewer Age 12
LitPick More than 1 year ago
The Dragon Grammar Book by Diane Mae Robinson is a clearly written, informative book of grammar for anyone ages 12 and up. It begins with an explanation of the author’s purpose for this project and a list of important definitions that should help readers understand the grammar and punctuation rules that are well-organized into ten chapters. To keep the book from feeling too much like a formal grammar book, each chapter begins with happy, light-hearted drawings of the characters from The Pen Pieyu Adventures series written by the same author. When they are compared with each other, the characters in the pictures seem to tell a fun story of their own about how grammar and punctuation might seem frightening at first but can be studied and learned. With an easy to understand book like this one, anyone can forget about it being a boring subject, and they can get excited about finally understanding how grammar and punctuation rules work. Opinion: The Dragon Grammar Book is a handy book to have around! In this book, the rules are explained very well, and they have simple, sometimes silly, sample sentences about a kingdom with dragons in it. Most of the sentences show readers how to set up grammar and punctuation correctly, but in a few of the sections, sentences are labeled with (Wrong). This helps readers see common mistakes that anyone can make. The “Test Your Knowledge” sections and two tests also give readers opportunities to check how much they learned from the book. Much of each test comes from the sample sentences, so readers can review explanations in the chapters again if they can’t quite remember how to set up the sentences. The book ends with a few character sketches and positive feedback from others about the author’s Pen Pieyu series, so if readers enjoyed the theme in this book, they might decide to read those books too. Grammar is usually hard to understand, but Ms. Robinson has made a difficult subject easy and interesting to learn. She explains why correct sentences are set up exactly the way they are, how some of the sentences are written incorrectly, and what to do to fix the mistake. When I first started studying grammar, I didn’t like it because many of the rules were complicated and didn’t make sense to me. This book has cleared up most of my confusion and has helped me see the purpose of learning to follow grammar and punctuation rules properly. I think reading this book will even help me be a better writer because it has helped me understand more about the parts of speech and how they work together with punctuation. Now I can set up my own sentences correctly more often and make sure they express the exact meaning that I want. Reviewed by a LitPick student book reviewer Age 12
Aphrael More than 1 year ago
The Dragon Grammar Book: Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom by Diane Mae Robinson is a what it says it is, a textbook for grammar. This book covers all the basics about grammar describing things like Adjective, Adverb, Nouns, Contractions and so on. While discussing the complex English language and how to use it, Diane Robinson tries to bring the explanations down to a level kids can understand. To keep it interesting there is a story line from one chapter to the next involving Sir Princess Petra and the dragon Snarls dealing with magic, farts, and other mischief. Together they help kids, and adults, grasp the often challenging concepts, as well as, being able to laugh while they learn. Coming from a background of having a BA in English, and having homeschooled my children, I could see the value in this book. This is not meant to be read cover to cover like a novel, rather it is a textbook. Having kids in the middle school range I can see this would be a great resource for the fifth to seventh grade level. The explanations are short and concise followed up by humor examples that will appeal to boys and girls in this age range. As a parent and home educator I appreciate the thoroughness of the explanations and how it lays out the chapters in a logical format where they all flow from one concept to the next, keeping not only the story line cohesive, but the lessons build on each other. Additionally, I like the review that is included at the end of each chapter. This allows for the student to test their knowledge and reinforce what they learned. The quizzes are short and effective, allowing the teacher to see that they get the idea but not being so overwhelming with just busy work. There are also two levels of tests at the end of the book that make a good end of year review. Overall this book is a fun way to introduce grammar to kids, there are fun illustrations that go along with the storyline. The chapters are short and provide review material. This is a great resource for families that are home educating, but also for those with children in school. Since the sections are so short it makes for a great review source to supplement their regular school work and to use a reference guide. The humor is right on a child’s level, so they can grasp the concepts without being bord. I would recommend this book to anyone that struggles with grammar, or with helping their kids learn grammar. The only change I would make to this book is to make a supplement, or appendix with the quiz questions separate from the main chapter without the answers readily available to see. It would be nice to have the ability to print or copy each sections quiz and the skills test on their own. Overall a great resource for learners of all ages.
Kim Nixon More than 1 year ago
The Dragon Grammar Book: Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom provides a thorough overview and lesson in English grammar. Author Diane Mae Robinson covers the basics of grammar in a way that is interesting and imaginative. Who would of thought that dragons would have a place in the teaching of grammar? They do, and Robinson uses them to add creative examples and a silly storyline to her book. The organization of the book is definitely its greatest strength. The book starts off with basic grammar terminology, providing in-depth definitions and examples of terms, such as adjective, adverbs, contraction, etc. I particularly liked this method of starting off with the terminology because if the reader is not an English teacher or student studying English, then he or she most likely isn’t familiar with the basic grammar terms. Even if you’ve learned grammar in school, which I’m sure we all have, it’s likely that you have forgotten exactly what each term means and how it helps comprise a sentence. Having this terminology as one of the first things in the novel gives the reader a basic foundation to understand the content of the rest of the chapters, and it also serves as a reference guide for the reader to look back on if needed. Next in the novel are the actual chapters, each one focusing on a component of grammar, and each using the characters from The Pen Pieyu Adventures to provide examples along the way. The use of this very specific theme makes the book a lot more interesting to follow and read. Someone who is interested in learning grammar or has even been forced to learn grammar would most likely reach for this book over the basic grammar textbook. Also, something noteworthy about the chapters in the book are that they include quizzes at the end to help test the reader’s knowledge of the content just covered. There are also two tests and answers to the tests at the very end of the book. The simple set up of the book as well as the quizzes and tests work well to present the information in a simple and informative manner as well as ensure that the reader understands the information and lessons that are being presented. Even though the book’s imaginative theme is what makes it interesting, it can also be seen as a small weakness. The actual content of the book can pretty much be used by anyone that is required to learn the basics of grammar or anyone who is just wanting to brush up on their grammar. However, the dragon theme to the book likely only makes it targetable to a younger audience. To clarify, this book could be useful in an elementary or even middle school classroom, but it would not be taken as seriously within a high school or college classroom. Overall, Diane Mae Robinson does an excellent job of teaching the reader grammar in a way that is simple and imaginative. This book is rated a strong four.
RaeCapri More than 1 year ago
English is a first language across the world, while it’s a second language to many others, there can be plenty ways to get your point across but it’s all about comprehension. For everyone who had the opportunity to go to school from kindergarten through at least high school, we were taught how to use proper grammar when conveying our thoughts. Over the years, we slowly forget grammar rules and just incorporate filler words when communicating with others, even though it’s not the best practice. In “The Dragon Grammar Book”, author Diane Mae Robinson is teaching her readers the general usage and rules of grammar. There were so many things mentioned that I honestly don’t remember ever learning in school. Everything she talked about while incorporating examples helped to demonstrate why words are to be used properly. Although most examples are provided for a better understanding, she also states in a few instances that journalists and writers no longer use certain grammar rules because they’re dated. I enjoyed adding mini stories about dragons when giving examples of how these grammar rules are used. This makes it more of a two-in-book book, you’re reading tidbits of a possible story about dragons while learning tips on proper grammar use. It might seem like a book for children based on the designed cover, but everyone of all ages can use this as a helpful resource, I know I would. By using this as a grammar guide for my future writing, I can make life-altering improvements on how I convey my thoughts and get better in grammar. The illustrations included by Breadcrumbs Ink gave the book a child-friendly feel to reading this. Both teachers and parents can teach children of all ages all about grammar using only this book. All words described are first defined, explained how it is used, and then provided as an example. I’m a huge fan of learning by example because it shows if they can do it, so can you. It’s an enlightening reading experience as it can be used as a refresher when forgetting some appropriate uses of English grammar. This book was well-written and you can tell how much time the author took to make her explanations as comprehensible as possible. Short little tests are located at the end of each chapter to practice your new-found knowledge, and answers to check how well you did. Even if you didn’t get every test question correctly, you have the opportunity to review the chapters again for reference. I enjoyed reading this book even if it’s designed for children of all ages, the author still got her point across and her written tone wasn’t intimidating. I really believe most of these grammar rules and uses weren’t taught to me in school as a child, but I’m grateful to relearn in order to improve. A highly recommended book for all ages, especially those such as myself who wouldn’t mind using this guide as a reference for future writing projects.
Dgunner254 More than 1 year ago
The Dragon Grammar Book: Grammar for Kids by Diane Mae Robinson Before learning about something, you must know about the words that you might come across. That will save you the trouble of wondering what a word means every few lines. It will keep you from breaking the flow to consult a dictionary. To abate that problem, Diane Mae Robinson has opened her book with a glossary of common words used in grammar. Words like adjectives and verbs. This gives the reader a strong foundation before they delve deeper into the nitty gritties of grammar. The Dragon Grammar book then goes a step further and tells you what not to do. If you are trying to find directions to get somewhere, you want to know which turn not to take. Think of this second section as the forbidden path. It constitutes words that are commonly misused. It shows the reader how to use the said words in adherence to grammar rules. They are just common words like- there, their, they’re. Once the foundation has been properly developed. It is time to get into the think of it. The rest of the book is about word usage and sentence structure. This is where you earn your chops as an English speaker. All the basics and some parts of intermediate level grammar are highlighted and explored. The author has done an incredible job of including props. You always remember better when there is a picture accompanying the words. She develops that picture by involving characters from her The Pen Pieyu Adventures. Integration of these characters into The Grammar Book is simply genius. It is the perfect recipe for turning this from a frumpy textbook into a fun reading material and experience. In a further attempt to ensure the resource is not your run of the mill roadmap, she includes very funky examples. She also has quizzes at the end of each chapter. How does it feel when you finish reading a chapter then pass the ensuing quiz with flying colors? You proceed to the next, right? Moreover, your knowledge pool increases in depth, right? This is what these quizzes do. They ensure that the lessons remain ingrained. The book’s format contributes to the reader’s intake of the material. It takes the subject matter one meticulously precise step at a time. Each topic is designed to explore an individual grammar rule. The author has presented this book very well for maximum consumption of the benefit. It is useful and engaging. It provides a quintessential view of the subject in a simple way. It is dubbed ‘Grammar for Kids’ but from close review of the material it could be well and appropriately applicable to all ages. Children will enjoy the book’s deviation from a textbook approach and will therefore be more receptive to it. Learning never stops and adults can use this guide for reference. If English is not your first language, worry not. This book is designed to help people to whom English is completely and utterly foreign. The Dragon Grammar Book: Grammar for Kids gets five stars out of five for being useful, informative, and entertaining.
Girlwithabook More than 1 year ago
The Dragon Grammar Book by Diane Robinson is an informative, educational and reference guide for younger children, highlighting those all-important grammar rules that sometimes get left behind as children progress through the education system! Written in a way that appeals more to a younger reading audience, the book is accompanied by the occasional finely illustrated dragon related picture, depicting its own story as the objective of the book continues. With a completely different take on the often-difficult world of the rules and regulations of English grammar, Diane works to break down the basics, while offering her readers the option to test what they have learned towards the end of the book – complete with answers, of course! This is an absolutely wonderful concept of a book which you cannot help but feel encouraged by from just taking one look at the cover. Though it may say that it aims to educate the younger of readers through its practicality and fun method of installing critical features of the English language, it is also entirely acceptable for an adult to read through and take notes too! As adults, we don’t always come across such terms once we have left the educational establishment, so when our children come to us with homework which once again touches on such topics, we then must find a way of educating ourselves on the various terms once again. I can only imagine how much more easier and effectively fun that would be if we all had The Dragon Grammar Book to hand! Furthermore, I can see many younger readers groaning at the mention of picking up an English grammar book, but this book aims to get away from the concept of such books being dull, dreary and quite frankly terrible. Instead, it seeks to add not only an element of fun into it but, at the same time, a backstory and some fantasy slotted perfectly into its pages. There’s no doubt that children of all ages love the concept of dragons and therefore anything remotely related to the mythological creatures when reading is sure to be a winner. I feel as though The Dragon Grammar book is one for the bookshelf which children of school age could refer to time and time again, but more importantly, want to use as a permanent reference book, which is perhaps more than you can say for standard grammar books. Not only is there an extensive grammar terminology section at the very beginning of the book, which is a brilliant inclusion, but the remaining chapters are well structured and easily broken down, with the concepts running fluidly from page to page. Even the examples used, which consist of mentioning one or two dragons during them, are perfectly matched and work to keep the younger brain engaged and captivated as they work their way through the book. This is a book that I thoroughly wish had existed when I was at school as perhaps I wouldn’t feel like sighing every time somebody mentions the word English grammar nowadays! A perfect addition to the bookshelves of both children and parent alike, The Dragon Grammar Book is most certainly a worthy contender for five stars!
Jackie Oshiro More than 1 year ago
Diane May Robinson's /The Dragon Grammar Book/ is a concise text of English grammar presented using examples relating to SOMETHING typical of children's fantasy literature. It begins with a quick overview of grammar terms and goes on to SOMETHING. Each chapter introduces a different type of common grammar mistake, grammar rule, or SOMETHING and provides concrete examples of the various usages. At the end of the book there's a practice section where you can test out your newly learned/refreshed skills. Despite the whimsical nature of its title, this book is not only for young ladies and knights in training, but can also prove useful for even the most seasoned of wizards. Though it presents everything in a way that's easy to understand, it doesn't skimp on topics that might get overlooked in grade school, such as em- and en-dashes. That being said, I wouldn't necessarily recommend this as a young child's first dip into grammar rules as some of the explanations and terminology are a bit advanced. However, for the young learner who has encountered these concepts in school before, this is a fantastic resource to help them refresh and commit these rules to memory. While the refreshingly simple explanations are definitely a drawing point, the real star of this book is the consistency of the theme. Robinson uses dragons and princesses not only in her examples, but also in the explanations themselves. Let's be real here, to most people, even those of us who write for a living, reading about grammar is just about as dull of a pursuit as you can get. Reading through this particular grammar book, however, I found myself smiling, compelled to continue simply for the enjoyment of it all. I was also thrilled to see that Robinson practices what she preaches. Just as she encourages writers to eschew rigid grammar rules for the sake of "grace," she ignores standard fantasy tropes to make her examples more appropriate for modern readers with examples such as, "The princess is to be knighted." In short, this is exactly the sort of book that I would have loved as a child and exactly the sort of book that I would love to give my future children in hopes that they are one day just as enchanted with the English language as I am.
TrishaAnn More than 1 year ago
I will be honest. I absolutely LOVE to write. Writing is a favorite past time of mine, and I do if frequently. However, grammar and all the rules that follow are not my favorite. I can pick out errors in anybody else's work, but when it comes to my own...forget it. With this book, I found the run through of definitions and the following examples to be easy to understand. The examples are simple and fun. Once the basics of grammar have been established, we move into sentence structures and proper usage of words. I found this the most refreshing. Each rule of Grammar is broken down into chapters with questions at the end to test your knowledge. The Dragon Grammar book would be great for those just learning, as well as those that are more seasoned and just need to be reminded. This is a book that I will definitely use to fall back on when I need to. I will also use this book to help my children as they start learning about grammar. Having said that I would rate this book a 4 out of 4 stars. The Dragon Grammar book is sure to help your young Dragons, Princesses, and the whole kingdom learn about Grammar and the correct usage with easy to understand examples for whatever rule they are becoming familiar with.
MegThomas 9 months ago
The fact of the matter is simple – grammar is a vital tool for children’s development, literacy and conversational capacity. Yet, the only material available for them to learn about it is often a boring textbook, which they can neither identify with nor enjoy. Society at large need to completely expel this notion that in order to learn, one must not be entertained. In fact, the opposite is true. “The Dragon Grammar Book: Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom” by Diane Mae Robinson, is the perfect combination of educational and entertaining. Apart from a good storyline, one of the most important elements of a children’s book is the quality of illustrations, as this adds significantly to the child’s enjoyment of the book. This book, illustrated by Breadcrumbs Ink, has a lovely collection of illustrations for children to enjoy. Each grammatical lesson, interspersed through chapters, is explained through the use of examples relating to dragons – a fun and thematic way to make sure the content is understood in context. It slowly expands in depth and difficulty as the book progresses, opening with simple and common confusing concepts, reaching the appropriate use of punctuation and so forth. Grammar is essential, but so is the child’s enjoyment, and “The Dragon Grammar Book” is the perfect tool for intersecting those two necessities. A worthwhile ventures for teachers and parents alike, wanting to teach their children, as well as a valuable read for children with a love for stories, pictures and dragons.