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The Dragon Grammar Book: Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom 1st Edition
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"I've rarely come across as well presented and entertaining an approach to what can be an intimidating subject. Robinson gets to the heart of the really puzzling aspects of grammar and offers them up in a format designed to make learning grammar more fun."--Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite.
"Having a useful resource that engages students and includes a wide variety of grammar rules with short, fun examples is difficult to find. Robinson has produced a winner with this easy-to-navigate, all-inclusive, grammar guide for kids."--Literary Titan.
"Thoroughly accessible to readers of all ages and backgrounds, The Dragon Grammar Book is straight forward and user-friendly: an excellent tutorial or refresher for writers everywhere, and highly recommended especially for public and school library college collections, as well as personal reading lists."--Midwest Book Reviews.
"This book is a great educational resource in any classroom, homeschool, or for parents helping their kids. A fun and easy way to learn the often difficult and, dare I say, tedious rules of English language."--BonnieDani, Adalinc.org.
"Do you think English grammar is fun? No? Join the club. It can be torture. However, there is a book called The Dragon Grammar Book by Diane Mae Robinson and it might just change your opinion about grammar books."--Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite.
"The organization and gradual advancement into concepts is well considered, and then the book blossoms into a teaching situation that is both informative and entertaining. While this book is visually one that young learners will enjoy, adults (and young adults) will find the information more useful that school textbooks."--Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Top 50 Reviewer.
"This book is a great help toward perfecting and expanding grammar skills. I love that it is fun, creative and has terrific references to keep the reader engaged. I certainly don't remember my school lessons being this fun! The format was simple and straight to the point."--Allyn
"I was amused to find that a children's grammar book helped me finally fully understand grammar that I have struggled with since high school. The author explains commonly misunderstood rules in an easily digestible way, all the while making use of fun examples and playful characters."--RiverWrites
From the Author
- Grade level : 7 - 12
- Item Weight : 6.9 ounces
- Paperback : 140 pages
- ISBN-10 : 198871401X
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.32 x 9 inches
- ISBN-13 : 978-1988714011
- Reading level : 13 - 18 years
- Publisher : Diane Mae Robinson Ink; 1st edition (December 10, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #20,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Coming from a background of having a BA in English, and having homeschooled my children, I could see the value in this book. This is not meant to be read cover to cover like a novel, rather it is a textbook. Having kids in the middle school range I can see this would be a great resource for the fifth to seventh grade level. The explanations are short and concise followed up by humor examples that will appeal to boys and girls in this age range. As a parent and home educator I appreciate the thoroughness of the explanations and how it lays out the chapters in a logical format where they all flow from one concept to the next, keeping not only the story line cohesive, but the lessons build on each other. Additionally, I like the review that is included at the end of each chapter. This allows for the student to test their knowledge and reinforce what they learned. The quizzes are short and effective, allowing the teacher to see that they get the idea but not being so overwhelming with just busy work. There are also two levels of tests at the end of the book that make a good end of year review.
Overall this book is a fun way to introduce grammar to kids, there are fun illustrations that go along with the storyline. The chapters are short and provide review material. This is a great resource for families that are home educating, but also for those with children in school. Since the sections are so short it makes for a great review source to supplement their regular school work and to use a reference guide. The humor is right on a child’s level, so they can grasp the concepts without being bord. I would recommend this book to anyone that struggles with grammar, or with helping their kids learn grammar. The only change I would make to this book is to make a supplement, or appendix with the quiz questions separate from the main chapter without the answers readily available to see. It would be nice to have the ability to print or copy each sections quiz and the skills test on their own. Overall a great resource for learners of all ages.
I was amazed at the content in the ten chapters. I'm not certain what I expected, but certainly got more for my money than a dragon story telling me how to properly apply grammatical rules. What I bought for my great-granddaughter will sit on my table the next four to five years waiting for the three-year-old (OOPS! Is that hyphenated?), to grow into the book. She inherits her copy marked and loved by me and hope she relishes my intent.
I agree with another reviewer that the answers to chapter tests be separated and not so tempting to peek. I found myself cheating in chapter 9, "Dangling, Misplaced, and Squinting Things..." those darn dangling participles! A chapter, no doubt, I'll return to often.
At the end of the book is Level 1 & 11 Skill Tests. Those answers are separated following the quiz. And don’t kid yourself. I missed a few!
Chapter 8 with its nine pages of Em-Dash, En-Dash, Colon, Hyphen, and my ballyhoo—the Semicolon—is my favorite. And chapter 6, "Ellipsis, Brackets, Braces" actually had information I'm not remembering, but that will definitely improve my editing skill (yea)!
And I am delighted when I flip to page 72 and there it is..."Commas with 'And,' 'But,' 'Or' " (And did you remember there is a space between the single and double comma at the end of a quote within a quote?) OOPS! Caught another of my faux pas, but not the toughest, that dad-gum comma before "Or." Do I or don't I? (H’m…see what I mean?)
Her format is strong for either audio or visual learners—one learning technique reinforcing the other.
The Grammar Rule: Commas are used to separate two independent clauses connected by a coordinating conjunction such as or.
The Example: Snarls will consider going to art school, or he may just stay in cooking school.
And there you have it. And mixed up with all these rules and examples, Robinson lets kids connect, or reconnect, with her fantasy all-star cast of characters from The Pen Pieyu Adventurers series: “I think dragons might taste nasty, so I’m glad we aren’t going to eat Snarls.” This example from “Comma Confusion.”
I regress to kid fun with the gray illustrations by Breadcrumbs Ink using felt pens to color red eyes on Snarls, the dragon, and yellow or purple hair on Sir Princess Petra and friends.
Overall, a completely digestible grammar book for middle school to great-grandmothers starting with page 15, “Grammar Terminology"; 15 pages of concise definitions for quick reference (if in doubt)—and I’m finding myself rather doubtful of my grasp of English grammar after reading Robinson’s book. I’m glad I bought the paperback edition. This book in hand is an excellent tool for my writing library.
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The author, Diane Mae Robinson, will delight and entertain children with her tales of princesses, dragons & knights whilst becoming more informed about the nuances of the English language. However, I would also urge teens to take a peek at the in-depth tips, Robinson imparts, as they may be pleasantly surprised to discover, 'The Dragon Grammar Book' is a great revision aid that will help them to prepare for their exams. Adults, in the meantime, may like to use the book as a refresher course to assist them when helping their little one to complete homework; or as a reference book if they are studying English as a second language. If Robinson were to create a volume,-possibly an encyclopaedia-of all the terms and list them in alphabetical order, instead of chapter headings (which would save me oodles of time), she would be my go-to author when writing a story, synopsis, blurb etcetera.
The characters mentioned and examples used are fun and attention grabbing and the content easy to follow.
A great read all around!
The book was very easy to understand and follow while covering all the common grammar rules that the average teacher, writer, student would need. The author's humorous writing, through her characters of the dragon, princess, king, etc., makes the book thoroughly enjoyable and nothing like the average torturous grammar book at all. I'd recommend this book for grade 7 through adults.