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This book is a hoot! My 9 year old loved it! It was really a fabulous way to refresh our grammar skills at the beginning of the year. Also, it helped her sort out some of the parts of speech she would get mixed up, such as Proper Noun vs. pronoun. The only negative thing I can say it that it doesn't provide answers.
This whimsical book ratchets the dull study of grammar up a notch. I'm going to use it with my emerging sixth grader. He needs a good review at the beginning of the school year. Labeling parts of speech can be boring. I sometimes wonder why we make such a fuss about grammar when those who have grown up hearing the English language intuitively know how to succinctly put words together to form cohesive sentences. Somehow, being able to give these words labels makes us feel more learned. As Mr. Noun, Little Article, Mr. Pronoun and Mr. Adjective hash out differences with Judge Grammar presiding and Sergeant Parsing running interference, this story provides a delightful way of giving the mind pegs on which to hang labels. I'm sure many good books were written without labels, i.e., the Bible. However, our children are not considered intelligent on assessments if we don't go through the motions of labeling all the words they use on a daily basis. Since it must be studied, this is a great approach. I wrote a workbook to go along with this book for my son to use. I hope he enjoys the effort.
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Grammar Land: Or Grammar in Fun for the Children of Schoolroom-Shire (1878)
M. L. Nesbitt
No preview available - 2008