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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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"A panda walked into a cafe. He ordered a sandwich, ate it, then pulled out a gun and shot the waiter,. 'Why?' groaned the injured man. The panda shrugged, tossed him a badly punctuated wildlife manual and walked out. And sure enough, when he waiter consulted the book, he found the explanation. 'Panda' read the entry from his assailant. 'Large black and white mammal naive to China. Eats, shoots, and leaves" (Truss, pg.1). Punctuation, is one of the major concepts of the English language that many seem to have an issue with. Especially coma rules. This book illustrates how putting a comma in the wrong spot can change the whole meaning of a statement. What makes this book so complementary and engaging is that the author provides a picture illustrating the real meaning of the sentence, and one that illustrated the misused comma meaning of the sentence. Teachers can use this book to provide students with an example of how to properly use commas. The best part is,is that at the back of the book the author took the liberty to list the most commonly misused comma rules and provides the reader with an explanation for each rule. ( )
  mkb027 | Oct 17, 2016 |
"Eats, Shoots, & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference!" is a book demonstrating the consequences of improper comma usage. Each page of the book is a two part set; both pages have the same words in the sentence, but with different comma placings. The two separate sentences are then illustrated with their meaning when the commas are in that particular placement. ( )
  adb067 | Sep 17, 2016 |
Eats, Shoots & Leaves is a great picture book that shows just how crucial it is to use and not use commas in certain situations. Just a slight alteration could change the very meaning of a sentence. The book includes several different sentences that the author has purposely wrote in order to help children understand the concepts of punctuation. Every 2 pages has the same sentence, however one sentence has a slight deviation in punctuation which leads to a whole different scenario that is now being conveyed. The illustrations help children distinguish what kind of difference it makes to misplace a comma by literally drawing what the sentence is talking about. I think that this book is a great way to introduce the concept of editing for children who are beginning the writing process. The importance of editing for proper grammar is crucial for not only the child but for the reader as well in order to avoid misinterpretation. Naturally a good activity to go with this book could be giving out more sentences with incorrect comma placement and have the kids fix it. This could be done with sentence strips, individual white boards, or the main white board as a class. Kids can then draw two pictures of the correct and incorrect sentence. ( )
  wxv002 | Sep 14, 2016 |
I really enjoyed the adult version of this book, so I was excited to see the children's version. The visuals are educational and entertaining. They show how one misplaced comma can change the meaning of a sentence. My favorite example illustrates the difference between "Eat here, and get gas" versus "Eat here and get gas." I'd love to have these posters on my wall. While the visuals demonstrate how to use a comma, I was happy usage rules explained for each example. ( )
  ewalker1 | Jan 15, 2016 |
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 |
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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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