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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
The Girl's Like Spaghetti

The Girl's Like Spaghetti

Fall 2007 Picture Books
Ages: 9 - 12 yrs.
ISBN: 9780399247064
Hardcover Price: $16.99
Review:
Clap your hands if you believe in the Good Punctuation Fairy. Or better yet, use an apostrophe correctly and make her very, very happy. Lynne Truss (author of the adult best seller, Eats, Shoots & Leaves as well as the kid’s version by the same title) and her visual sidekick Bonnie Timmons tackle the difference between "The apostrophe’s like a flying comma" (my personal definition of how to use this flighty little piece of punctuation) and "The apostrophes like a flying comma." plus a host of other paired sentences whose meanings shift in startling ways when that little squiggle is jiggled just a bit. Back matter explains (in less amusing ways) the difference between plurals, possessives, and contractions. By tackling one slim slice of the punctuation pie at a time, this little volume (along with its equally brief companion) should prove a godsend to teachers and students alike. It even suggests, quite rightly, that those responsible for the invention of the apostrophe were "very, very short-sighted" and promises that the nearly impenetrable difference between "it’s" and "its" is the "hardest and most annoying thing you will ever have to learn about punctuation." Perhaps they haven’t yet met the dreaded ;
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2007 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.


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