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I Yam a Donkey!













I Yam a Donkey!
By Cece Bell
Clarion Books, 2015

A hilarious book that ends up being a lesson on grammar!  It kind of sneaks up on you.  A brilliant (silly) book!

A silly (dare I say illiterate) donkey declares, “I yam a donkey!”  A yam, obviously a true grammarian, corrects the donkey’s use of words, suggesting he say, “I am a donkey.”  The donkey hears the yam declare that he is a donkey and is most confused.  Between the donkey’s bad grammar and the yam’s grammatical corrections, a hilarious dialogue pursues.  When the yam explains how to conjugate “To Be”, the donkey only gets more confused and thinks all the vegetables are the funniest-looking donkeys he has ever seen.  I won’t share the ending, as it comes as a complete surprise!

Just a plain silly story, perfect for kids learning grammar in school!

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Exclamation Mark

Exclamation Mark
By Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
Scholastic Press, 2013

Using periods, questions, and exclamation marks, authors Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld speak to the hearts of those who feel left out and alone.

Exclamation Mark tries to conform and fit in with the other sentence endings, like periods.  But the only time he feels he fits in is when he’s asleep and his tall mark is resting on its side, pretty much invisible to the others.  Confused, he even thinks of running away.  But then a question mark shows up and rattles off so many questions that Exclamation Mark’s true nature comes out and he shouts, “Stop!”  He likes that feeling.  He tries it again with a Hi!, then again with a Howdy!, and then he tries out his newly discovered powers with all kinds of exclamations.  He returns to the other sentence endings and shows them what ‘he’ can do.  A story so simple, yet so clever.  A delight even for parents to read.

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