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Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do…

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference!

by Lynne Truss

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This informative mentor text shows how the placing of commas can completely change the meaning of a sentence. Humorous illustrations are bound to keep students, primarily second through fourth grade, interested and engaged. ( )
  jenniferm14 | Nov 21, 2015 |
Picture-book version of the original book by Truss. Perfect for kids! ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 14, 2015 |
Grammar Instruction; any content area.
  BdF | Jul 30, 2015 |
Illustrations demonstrate meaning of comma placement.
For grammar and writing lessons. ( )
  CindyMcClain | Jul 9, 2015 |
After Lynne Truss blessed us with Eat, Shoots & Leaves:Zero Tolerance, she came back with round two for the children. This wonderful picture book focuses on the (mis)use of commas, or rather how their placement can significantly alter the meaning of a sentence. The book has 12 sentences that are allotted two pages each. For each sentence, one page has the correct comma usage and an illustration to depict the sentence. On the opposite page is the same sentence with an improperly placed comma and the illustration that depicts the new, often bizarre meaning. At the end of the book is a recap of the sentences and notes on how the technical aspects of the sentence changed. For example, a sentence may read, "After we left Grandma, Mommy and I skipped about in the park." The comma separates the independent from the introductory clause, and as the illustration depicts, Mom and daughter skip around the park after leaving Grandma on the park bench. The next sentence reads,"After we left, Grandma, Mommy and I skipped around the park." With the addition of another comma, Grandma joins the list of skipping individuals in the park. This is one of the more tame examples, but it's one that I see misused very often. The book takes a humorous approach towards punctuation, and it could be great to use with younger children to show just how important commas are. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399244913, Hardcover)

Illuminating the comical confusion the lowly comma can cause, this new edition of Eats, Shoots & Leaves uses lively, subversive illustrations to show how misplacing or leaving out a comma can change the meaning of a sentence completely.

This picture book is sure to elicit gales of laughter—and better punctuation—from all who read it.

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See how using (or not using) a comma can change the meaning of a sentence.

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