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Grade 2-4–Pulver and Reed introduced grammar in a playful way with Punctuation Takes a Vacation (Holiday House, 2003), and their instructional romp continues here with animated words that are brightly colored, boldly labeled, and packed with personality. Hunting for nouns and verbs is a daily routine in Mr. Wrights classroom. When the students go outside for Field Day, the envious words come to life, determined to have their own good time. Teams are formed; verbs stick with verbs and proper nouns, long nouns, and pronouns pair off, yet these exclusive groups prove ineffective. In order to have fun and to form sentences, they will have to mingle with new partners, an arrangement that proves so successful that the nouns and verbs have their own uproarious Field Day. The students return and discover that the words are in brand-new locations, resulting in mayhem that is reminiscent of that in Bill Martin, Jr.s Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (S & S, 1989) and Laurie Kellers The Scrambled States of America (Holt, 1998). Humorous text bubbles enhance the lesson, along with a final page of supplementary exercises, tongue twisters, and a riddle. Just like the energetic verbs that strut across the pages, this book is where the action is.–Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT
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K-Gr. 3. In this companion to Punctuation Takes a Vacation (2003), the nouns and verbs decide to have some fun of their own while the kids in Mr. Wright's class are away participating in a field day. The nouns pair up with other nouns and the verbs with other verbs, until they realize they must cooperate to accomplish anything. When the kids return to class at the end of the day, they find that the words in some classroom signs have been rearranged and that the nouns and verbs have left them a Mad Libs-style letter just for fun. Reed's vividly colored cartoons capture the high-energy activity, showing triangular-shaped verbs smiling, hopping, and whining their way through the story, accompanied by a variety of animated classroom objects. Although the emphasis is on silliness, Pulver makes her point about the parts of speech; even the youngest listeners will realize that sentences need both nouns and verbs in order to make sense. Kay Weisman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (July 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823420973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823420971
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 9.7 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on February 16, 2008
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I think this book is wonderful as it encourages children to think about words - nouns and verbs - and how both are needed to get things done and to express ideas clearly. The text and illustrations work well together, conveying important topics in a lively and zany way. I especially like that the teacher, "Mr. Wright," is not always right, as the nouns and verbs teach him something too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Ramsay on November 6, 2009
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A really fun introduction to the idea of nouns and verbs. It offers not just the definition of nouns and verbs, but also how they rely on wach other, providing a nice jumping off point for discussing sentance structure. Engaging illustrations; my son (Kindergartener) loves looking at the pictures and "extra" dialog in the pictures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alariande on June 13, 2013
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The story was pretty fun, but a little contrived to follow up the grammar sort of themes established by Punctuation Takes a Vacation.
It's more of an exercise in recognizing and using nouns and verbs than it is either a story or a grammar reference. There are a (very) few fun exercises at the end of the book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patricia on March 18, 2009
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This book is a great tool for teaching grammar in the classroom. The illustrations are eye-catching and funny. My students really enjoyed it!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on October 15, 2008
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Mr. Wright's class has nouns and verbs running all over the place. When the kids neglect them, they decide to have their own field day. They play with each other and try to team up in ways that make sense. A nice way to introduce nouns and verbs. Very nice.
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Another great story to use with grammar and punctuation units!! I use this story in conjunction with Punctuation Takes a Vacation, also by Robin Pulver, to add some entertainment to such dull units. My students love it! Highly recommended!!
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By Stephanie on August 31, 2012
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I used this book with my second grade students, and they loved it. It was a great way to integrate nouns and verbs into a lesson in a fun way. The pictures are really cute too! And they loved seeing what each noun or verb does and says.
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My great neices are having their own field day with the books I sent to them from Amazon. Their reading scores at school have improved quite a bit since they began reading their own books at home.
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