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Punctuation Power: Punctuation and How to Use It Paperback – April 1, 2002


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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-9-In the first part of this book, Terban helps set readers straight on apostrophes, commas, hyphens, parentheses, and many other punctuation marks, all alphabetically arranged. Within each section, rules are printed in blue type, followed by an explanation in black, and examples using both colors. The cartoon illustrations are also in blue. The second section explains bibliographies, direct quotes, play scripts, and sentences, and the kinds of punctuation marks they take. Children will find this book helpful as they try to craft writing assignments. The examples and the pictures help keep the tone light. Terban's Checking Your Grammar (Scholastic, 1994) includes a section on punctuation, but it is not as complete. Neither is the section in Dave Kemper's Writers Express (Great Source, 1995). Consider purchasing both a reference and circulating copy of Punctuation Power.
Peg Glisson, Mendon Center Elementary School, Pittsford, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Series: Scholastic Guides
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Reference (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590386743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590386746
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Marvin Terban (marvinterban.com) is a teacher and children's book author. Called a "master of children's wordplay" by ALA Booklist and "Mr. English for Kids" by the Children's Book-of-the-Month Club, he has written over thirty-five books for young readers and teachers, most of them about the English language. He is Scholastic's "Professor Grammar." Marvin Terban was born in Massachusetts and got his start as an author with a book that he wrote and drew in the first grade about a fuzzy green dragon. His first real writing job was a weekly column for his local newspaperwhen he was in high school. He was also the editor of his high school newspaper and literary magazine. He went to Tufts and Columbia Universities, where he received Bachelor's and Master's degrees respectively.

For over fifty years, he has taught English, Latin, Public Speaking, Computer, Theater, and other subjects at the Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York City where he developed teaching games that used humor to help students understand and enjoy the mystifying idiosyncrasies of the English language. Those games grew into the highly original series of funny books on English for which he is known. Marvin's books have made it as far as Shanghai University in China where they are used to teach English to adults. His Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms has been translated into Japanese and Korean. Two of his books were turned into early computer games.

He and his wife, a former special education instructor, also wrote two activity books for teachers. Three of his Scholastic books, Checking Your Grammar, Dictionary of Idioms, and Dictionary of Spelling, have sold well over one million copies each. In 2005, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, an international organization of over 20,000 creators of children's books, voted Marvin their Member of the Year.

Marvin has acted in local community theater plays to raise money for various charities. He has also had small parts in movies directed by Woody Allen. For many summers he directed plays at a summer camp. He has paid "Meet the Author" visits to schools, colleges, and educational conferences all over the United States, South America, Europe, Israel, and Japan.

The Terbans live in New York City and have two children and a granddaughter. Marvin loves to be a teacher and an author, read, take long walks in Central Park, go to movies and shows, watch good TV and listen to good radio, travel to many places in the United States and around the world, speak at educational conferences, visit schools, and best of all, spend time with his family.

Customer Reviews

This book explains, teaches, and shows the uses and reasons for punctuation.
D. Fisher
I recommend it for both adults and children as refreshers and as a learning tool.
Kojo, LLC
This book is very easy to follow, provides great examples, and is comprehensive.
Rachel

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ziller, Librarian on December 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Finally, a thin volume that tells one the rules for using colons, hyphens, brackets, underlines, etc. in concise, easy to understand language. Your children will find it easy to use and handy to tote--not too heavy for that often overstuffed book bag. Bravo!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Fisher on November 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book explains, teaches, and shows the uses and reasons for punctuation. A books for all ages and stages of reading and writing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kojo, LLC on December 26, 2012
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This book is incredible! It simplifies the usage of punctuations in a very easy to understand way. I recommend it for both adults and children as refreshers and as a learning tool.
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By Rachel on January 20, 2014
Format: Paperback
I like how user friendly this book it. It is a great tool for teachers/future teachers. I am currently student teaching and needed a bit of a refresher. This book is very easy to follow, provides great examples, and is comprehensive.
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I thought this was going to be a fun way to learn punctuation. It just wasn't what I expected. Not the author's fault.
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By KING on October 13, 2013
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Seller shipped on time. Book has been a great help for my child when writing papers. I have also used it once or twice.
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