The list author says: "Written for Elementary school teachers and interested parents, this list is a start towards identifying picture books that can augment a teacher's lesson plans for grammar and language skills instruction.
Each blurb details relevant content areas, themes and suggested activities for instruction."
"All fifty artists bring great detail to these timeless tales; and the paper and color quality are excellent. Teachers will love the skills lessons they can pull from these fresh colorful pages, making it easy to open up their students eyes to these forgotten classics."
"Different formats, such as haiku, rebus, and concrete to name just a few, are accompanied by fun whimsical poems that give students engaging examples of each style. Scattered throughout you’ll find definitions of language devices such as alliteration, personification, and parody that give further insight it the wondrous world of descriptive language choice. Perfect for any age."
"Fantastic resource for more than 600 idioms. Setup alphabetically by the first word in the phrase. Each explanation starts with an example use of the idiom. Followed by the meaning in simple terms. Ending with the origin from which the idiom came from. Elementary school kids (2nd+) will laugh with amusement; and then begin to use the idioms in their own writing and conversations."
"Yet another great addition to the wacky world of grammar instruction by the writing/illustrating team of Cleary & Gable. Homonyms & homophones come alive through laugh-out-loud animal high jinks as they try and navigate a world of words that sound the same, but have very different meanings. Elementary school students will quickly learn both language devices, and apply them into their writing."
"The nouns book is a great place to introduce the Cleary "Words are CATegorical" series, and establishes the format used throughout the series. The definition is stated right off the bat, and then the story is simply one noun example after another, with colored text to emphasize each noun used."
"Cleary's "Words are CATegorical" series aims to teach young students the parts of speech; and language devices such as simile & metaphor through humor, rhyme, creative story telling, and a zany group of animals.The Verb book defines both action verbs and the difficult to grasp “state of being” verbs."
"Cleary's "Words are CATegorical" series aims to teach young students the parts of speech; and language devices such as simile/metaphor and synonyms through humor, rhyme, creative story telling, and a zany group of animals."
"The Antyonym book written by Brian Cleary and illustrated by Brian Gable, continues the lyrical instruction as successfully as ever. Importantly, kids will also learn how many antonyms are “made” by using the prefixes ‘un’, ‘dis’, or ‘im’. This bit of instruction will turn on a lot of light bulbs with that wonderful sentence of, “oh, now I get it”. Great instructional book!"
"An excellent use of color and humor makes teaching simile and metaphor a synch. Kids will absolutely love the goofy array of animals as they describe one another using simile & metaphor. Gives easy to grasp examples of both language devices. You’ll see immediate results in student writing on the next assignment."
"The format is the same in each book of the series, with the concept definition at the beginning, and then pages of examples. The rhyme and story telling flows easily, and illustrates perfectly how prepositions are used throughout our sentences to connect the words and give us the ‘when, ‘where’, ‘how’, ‘place’, ‘time’, and ‘direction’ in our sentences."
"The format is the same in each book of the series, with the concept definition at the beginning, and then page after page of examples. The rhyme and story telling flows easily, and illustrates perfectly how pronouns are used throughout our sentences to simplify our sentences by taking the place of nouns."
"Ted Arnold brings idioms to life in this rather bizarre story about a kid who starts to write down “scary” phrases he overhears. If you were to take idioms literally, you would be scared too. Each page is packed full of examples. This simple yet effective picture book will unleash the world of idioms in your student(s)."