The Girl's Like Spaghetti - Why You Can't Manage Without Apostrophes - Childrens Book Review.
A Great Puncuation Teaching Aid For Parents And Teachers Alike - Ages 6 to 10
Another Great Puncuation Teaching Aid - Ages 6 to 10. There's even one for adults.
In keeping with National Punctuation Day (which was September 24th), my toddlers and I decided to check out the suggested reading material for that particular day.
In addition to reading Eats, Shoots And Leaves, by Lynne Truss, we read its equally enjoyable companion; The Girl's Like Spaghetti as well.
While the book, Eats, Shoots And Leaves teaches kids the importance of the proper placement of commas, The Girl's Like Spaghetti teaches kids the importance of the often underrated apostrophe.
Using simple sentence structure along with corresponding illustrations, author Lynne Truss makes great use of visualization to explain the profound effect an apostrophe has on a sentence.
For instance, while the sentence - "Giant kids' playground" - conveys one meaning, with different apostrophe placement, the same sentence - which would read "Giant kid's playground" - conveys a totally new one.
While the first sentence clearly conveys plural possession (a giant playground for a multitude of kids), the second sentence conveys singular possession (the playground only belongs to a giant kid).
A great teaching aid for parents and teachers alike; in addition to its simple illustrations, The Girl's Like Spaghetti provides the reader with a detailed, yet simple explanation of proper apostrophe placement, both in the introduction and closing of it's pages.
Therefore, due to her simplistic (yet highly effective) visual and writing style, Lynne Truss has truly succeeded at combining learning and fun to convey a important language and reading skill to all.
So if you're looking for a fun, simple, and effective way of teaching your child (or students)about proper apostrophe placement, add a copy of The Girl's Like Spaghetti to your child's (or classroom's) personal library - You won't be disappointed.
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