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Alfie the Apostrophe

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Alfie the Apostrophe 
by Moira Rose Donohue

It's time for tryouts for the punctuation talent show, and little Alfie the Apostrophe doesn't think he can beat the "more exciting" marks with his simple magic show (making letters disappear). On the day of the auditions, the exclamation points cheer, the question marks tell jokes, and the periods and dashes do a Morse code routine, but in the end, it's Alfie that steals the show!

School Library Journal gave this book a positive review, but made a valid point on using this book for teaching contractions: "Children may miss some of the laughs, and, indeed, the point of the grammar lesson..." We agree. To remedy this, teachers should stop at logical points and ask questions to help students 'get it'. (ie: "Why are exclamation points cheerleaders? Why not the question marks?")

Donohue's choices for punctuation mark character traits are quite clever and do make sense. They can help students better understand the roles each punctuation mark makes, but students may need a little help seeing the connections.

Interest Level:
   1st grade     2nd grade     3rd grade

Book Type:    read aloud / picture book

Related Lists:   language arts topics


Condition:  This book is used but it is in good condition.  Occasionally there's the previous owner's name or inscription on the inside front cover.  Overall though, we are very proud of the quality of our books!