written by Elsa Bruno
illustrated by Jenny Whitehead
Fourteen adorably illustrated,
"playfully instructive" poems featuring punctuation marks engaged in activities related to their grammar role (ie: a
train is slowed down by commas) Additionally, the bouncy poems define
the marks and describe what they do.
Featured punctuation marks include the period, comma, question mark, apostrophe, exclamation point, colon, quotation mark, parenthesis, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, and ellipsis.
Here's an example -- the poem for the period:
The period is just a dot
Found sitting in its favorite spot.
When a sentence ends, it comes and plops,
And where it plops, the sentence STOPS.
It also can abbreviate
An address, first name, size, or weight
(like lb. for pound, ft. for feet
Doz. for dozen, and St. for street."
This book is ADORABLE and so clever. We think it's a must have for the classroom, and is definitely one of our favorites in this category. USA Today called it "a poetic way to learn punctuation." Agree.
Interest Level: Gr. 1-4 Grade Equivalent: 3.2 Lexile Measure: 650L
Here are sample pages from Punctuation Celebration. In the book, each spread is devoted to a different punctuation mark. The left side of each spread has a poem about what the punctuation mark does. For example, the ellipsis poem reads: "Ellipsis points...three tiny dots.../ Are perfect for those silent spots./ Their use, dear reader, is permitted/ When certain phrases are omitted." The right side of each spread then provides an example of the punctuation mark in action.
Click the sample spreads below for larger versions. :)
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