Early Book Review: Don't Dangle Your Participle by Vanita Oelschlager

Don't Dangle Your Participle is a children's non fiction book by Vanita Oelschlager which is scheduled for release on May 1 2014. The book features a clever combination of pictures and words that demonstrate exactly what a dangling participle is all about. Young readers are shown an incorrect sentence with a dangling participle and then shown how to make the sentence correct. All of this is done in a way that is fun, interesting, and easy to understand. Making grammar fun is not always an easy task, but this book make understanding and correcting participle misuse understandable and enjoyable.

Not many young readers are clamoring to read about grammar, but teachers and parents might be looking for some tools to help explain some of the more difficult grammatical concepts. Don't Dangle Your Participle is a book that might be helpful in that type of situation. It could be used in a classroom, homeschooling, tutoring, or any other educational setting. The best part about the book is not even the ease of which it can be understood, but rather that the ideas are described in a humorous way. This means that less enthusiastic readers will be distracted by the fun, and learn despite any hesitation that might otherwise have had. The illustrations and sentences use are highly entertaining and will hold the interest of a wide range of readers. Anyone old enough to be dealing with participles and being held accountable for their use, will enjoy the read while they learn.

I would highly recommend Don't Dangle Your Participle for a library collection, classroom, homeschooling library, tutoring, or any other educational setting. The combination of illustrations and slightly silly sentences explain the concept and can help all readers and writers understand the concept of participles.



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