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The Girl's Like Spaghetti - Why You Can't Manage Without Apostrophes - Childrens Book Review.

Updated on March 22, 2011

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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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hee!Hee! Thanks for pointing that out Zot Lynn Szurgot. This just goes to show you how easily we can forget these things. I took no offense at all. I'm glad you like the review and I must say the book was great!

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      Zot Lynn Szurgot 7 years ago

      Hi Veronica. i like your review, and now own the book; i'll give it to my niece as a gift. Thank you.

      Meanwhile, don't forget to take in the anomalies and exceptions. No offense intended, but look back at the (non-numbered) page with the turtle race. The possessive of "it" is "its", and "it's" is the contraction of "it is". The phrase "both in the introduction and closing of it's pages" above should read "both in the introduction and closing of its pages". Similarly, "we read it's equally enjoyable companion" above should read "we read its equally enjoyable companion". Or did you just throw those in to test us for fun? ;-)

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for your feedback creativeone59.

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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Great review, thanks for sharing. creativeone59

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      thanks bayareagreatthing, I love both books, but another hubber wrote such an excellent review on it, that I decided not to attempt it. Both books have actually helped me as well as my kids.

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      bayareagreatthing 8 years ago from Bay Area California

      What a great review! Punctuation is still difficult for me and this simple illustrative book is great!