written by Trisha Shasken
illustrated by Sara Gray
This Word Fun book combines whimsical full-page illustrations and straight- forward text to create a concise and engaging lesson in compound words.
Each spread generally includes a sentence or two defining compound words and providing some related examples (ie: "If you were a compound word, you would be two words put together to make one word with a new meaning. / At the head- waters of the Mississippi River in Minnesota, a dragonfly rests on a sandbar.")
thing that makes this book a stand out is
the great variety of words featured. It's nice to
see compounds other than the usual butterfly, hamburger,
breakfast... This expanded collection of
this book ideal for follow-up lessons, once you've gone over the
basics and want to then show a wider range of examples. End pages
include a game, a
glossary of words used on the book, and more.
Interest Level: Grade 1 - 4 Lexile Measure: 820L
Below are the first two full spreads from inside If You Were a Compound Word. As you can see, this book is full of compound words (in capitals) and adorable illustrations, which have an almost quilted look to them. The illustrations are definitely one of the reason we like this series so much.
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You may also want to check out other books in the Word Fun series.
It's a very consistently good series. The books are pretty packed, so
we tend to divide a read aloud over several days (so as to avoid
information overload). Teachers will find this series helpful! Click the
link above or book covers below for details.