Thursday, July 17, 2014

Don't Dangle Your Participle, by Vanita Oelschlager (illustrated by Mike Desantis)

So THAT'S what a participle is?

In the past I have criticized Vanita Oelschlager for not taking her ideas far enough or only telling half the story (Out of the Blue, for example) but here she gets it just right. 

I have nothing bad to say about this book. She explains the concept of participles--verbs used as adjectives to modify or describe a noun--and uses many examples of how a participle can be left "dangling"--i.e. modifying the wrong noun.

One example from the book: The verb "growl" can be used as a participle to describe a lion, as in "growling lion." If it's left "dangling" you can get a sentence like this: "Growling as they ate, the children gathered around the lions' cage." It sounds as though the children are growling instead of the lions, then there's a picture of children growling at the zoo. Very cute!

Like Lynne Truss before her (author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves), Vanita Oelschlager is making language fun for a whole new generation of sticklers.

Don't Dangle Your Participle
Author: Vanita Oelschlager
Illustrator: Mike Desantis
Publisher: Vanita Books
Publication Date: May 1, 2014
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Source: NetGalley

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Look inside the book!

Eats, Shoots and Leaves,
by Lynne Truss
Help Your Kids with Language Arts,
by DK Books
(my review)
101 Troublesome Words
You'll Master in No Time
by Mignon Fogarty
(my review)

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