Monday, December 9, 2013

Magic Monday - Misplaced Words, Missing Languages

Jude Isabella
Kids Can Press
Pub Date   Sep 1 2013
This book is a treasure-trove of information.  It contains wonderful nuggets of information presented just right – each chapter is the perfect length and includes interesting facts highlighted which will prompt  kids to continue reading.  
Whether you want to learn about how and why language evolved only in humans or new, old, made-up,  written, unwritten, unspoken dying languages, this book has got it all!
Of course, you have heard that being multilingual makes one smarter but did you know that the cries of newborns sound different depending on the language their mothers spoke? Or that a netymologist is one who uses the internet to track the origin of words and phrases? Read this book and you will learn this and a whole lot more.
My little girl found the illustrations funny, the facts wonderful while my son thought the illustrations were somewhat cool, and he loved the book.
This is a book for everyone who loves language, an ideal gift for the teacher, the student, the reader, the writer, well, you get it, just about everyone.
Rating: A
Reread Level: 5/5
Reading Level:  10+ (though my 7 year old enjoyed reading the highlighted facts, while my 10 year old felt some things were a little ‘much’ for him) 

Vanita Oelschlager
Vanita Books
Pub Date   May 1 2014

Teaching young kids using funny examples that are accompanied by comical illustrations – that is what this book accomplishes. I think I am  dangling my participle here! :)
This book uses illustrations and short, simple sentences to teach the proper use of participles. It shows how the misplaced participle can create confusion using the fun and silly examples in the book. Young children will enjoy the book from start to finish. This will also prompt them to come up with similar sentences themselves.  

Rating: B+
Reading Level: 6-10 years
Reread Level: 4/5

Reading these two books around the same time showed me how important word placement is in two different ways. Different languages use different word placement/word order rules and following these rules incorrectly or following the rules of one language in another can cause chaotic results. 

Disclaimer: Thanks to NetGalley for providing the ecopy of these books for review. These are my honest opinions of the books.

Linking this to What are you Reading? From Picture Books to YA at Teach Mentor Texts. 

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