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Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day


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Robin Pulver is a popular picture book author whose website is She lives in upstate New York.

Lynn Rowe Reed writes and illustrates picture books and lives in Indiana. You can visit her website at


In a follow-up to Punctuation Takes a Vacation (which PW called an "entertaining tale-cum-grammar lesson"), Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day by Robin Pulver, illus. by Lynn Rowe Reed, Mr. Wright's class similarly lets nouns and verbs wreak havoc (e.g., " `Listen!' said a verb"; " `Window!' said a noun"). Thick, rainbow-bright brushstrokes bring the students, nouns and verbs to life. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Gr 2-4-Pulver and Reed introduced grammar in a playful way with Punctuation Takes a Vacation (Holiday House, 2003), and their instructional romp continues here with animated words that are brightly colored, boldly labeled, and packed with personality. Hunting for nouns and verbs is a daily routine in Mr. Wright's classroom. When the students go outside for Field Day, the envious words come to life, determined to have their own good time. Teams are formed; verbs stick with verbs and proper nouns, long nouns, and pronouns pair off, yet these exclusive groups prove ineffective. In order to have fun and to form sentences, they will have to mingle with new partners, an arrangement that proves so successful that the nouns and verbs have their own uproarious Field Day. The students return and discover that the words are in brand-new locations, resulting in mayhem that is reminiscent of that in Bill Martin, Jr.'s Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (S & S, 1989) and Laurie Keller's The Scrambled States of America (Holt, 1998). Humorous text bubbles enhance the lesson, along with a final page of supplementary exercises, tongue twisters, and a riddle. Just like the energetic verbs that strut across the pages, this book is "where the action is."-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"Pulver's humorous offering presents an appropriately athletic point of access to an often too-dry subject."--The Horn Book

"Reed's vividly colored cartoons capture the high-energy activity, showing triangular-shaped verbs smiling, hopping, and whining their way through the story, accompanied by a variety of animated classroom objects. Although the emphasis is on silliness, Pulver makes her point about the parts of speech; even the youngest listeners will realize that sentences need both nouns and verbs in order to make sense."--Booklist

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