About the Book
When the parts of speech gather on the playground, Verb is always the star. She can climb! She can frolic! She can DO anything! Her friends Adjective, Adverb, and Interjection all watch admiringly. ("WOW!" says Interjection.)
Then Noun comes along -- and Noun can BE anything. A person! A place! Even a thing! ("PRETTY!" says Interjection.) The other parts of speech are fascinated by this new kid, and Verb doesn't like it one bit.
But when a new threat menaces the playground, Noun can't move! There's only one part of speech who can DO something about it ... and that might allow Noun and Verb to BE something together: friends.
My Take on the Book
Adam Lehrhaupt has written a book that introduces children to the parts of speech. At the beginning of the book he explains what a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, and interjections are with specific examples in sentences. The book is a story of the jealousy between the characters noun and verb. They try to outdo each other in specific ways. There is a happy ending to their slight disagreements and they become friends once again. The story shows how the words we use have specific purposes and how those words are necessary to our written and vocal speaking.
I think this book would be a good introduction to children in a classroom setting. I can see where after a reading and discussion, the children could enjoy some role playing of their own.
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