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Happy Endings: A Story About Suffixes Hardcover – January 1, 2011
The team that taught students about nouns and verbs, punctuation and silent letters now tackles suffixes…almost literally. On the last day of school, when Mr. Wright announces, “After lunch and our read-aloud, we’ll tackle word endings,” the anthropomorphized suffixes head to the gym to get into shape for the coming melee. Meanwhile, the kids’ atrocious behavior in the lunchroom leads Mr. Wright to skip the read-aloud and go directly to the lesson. Except the lesson has disappeared. Threatened with no summer vacation unless they find the word endings, the kids hang (suffix-less) wanted posters all over the school. Reassured of the students’ good intentions, the suffixes leave clues for them to decode and thus find them, saving not only the kids’ educations but summer vacation as well. As in the previous titles, the words in the text are printed in two colors, allowing the suffixes to stand out from the rest of the text. Reed’s now-signature acrylic-and-digital illustrations are as quirky and colorful as ever. Backmatter includes a page of spelling rules for adding endings to words and a page delineating some different suffixes and how their additions change the root word. While this may not be as strong as the previous titles from this duo, still it is a good addition to their language-arts series. (Picture book. 6-8)
"Grammar will be a lot less boring to learn with a library of Ms. Pulver's books at hand. Does the suffix topic signal the end of the series? I ly-certain hope not."
About the Author
Lynn Rowe Reed is an author, illustrator, and sculptor. Booklist praised the “high-energy activity” in her illustrations for Punctuation Takes a Vacation by Robin Pulver. She lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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This book tries to tell a fun story, but it appears forced in order to accommodate the steady flow of words ending with suffixes. That is my minor complaint. On the other hand, words with suffixes, of which there are many and various, have the ings, eds, ers, etc., highlighted to demonstrate just how omnipresent they are in the English language. Overall, this should be a very effective tool in helping students understand the other half of that pesky, word-related couple, prefixes and suffixes. It's a worthwhile school library or classroom library addition.
The fun part of this book is when the endings switch their location to the front of the words -- that's funny. The children make signs searching for their lost word endings -- that's clever.
This is a good teaching tool, but the story is nothing new. If you're familiar with Robin Pulver's other books, you know that the characters (nouns and verbs, punctuation, or endings) are forever running away from the class.
Still, this is a great book for showing how to drop a final "e" to add word endings, and it's a good, silly way to play with language arts.