Action Words

978-1-4329-5810-7. ea vol: 32p. (Getting to Grips with Grammar Series). illus. photos. further reading. glossary. index. Web sites. CIP. Heinemann. 2012. PLB $26.65; pap. $7.99.
Gr 1–3—Misguided choice of verb in the title notwithstanding, this series delivers a thorough introduction to the major elements and rules of the English language. Each book contains bold fonts, photographs, illustrations, and vibrant color backgrounds. Thoughtfully and, at times humorously written (Punctuation emphasizes the importance of spaces with "ifyoudontleavespaceswritinglookssilly"), speech-bubble like text boxes and cartoon characters give the books an informal, comic-book feel, making the fundamentals of sentence structure, word usage, and grammar palatable, if a bit distracting. Each title concludes with an exercise (the answer is provided on the same page). A lively set only worth the money if intended to complement more academic material, this series instructs in a lighthearted but effective style that's sure to enhance grammar lessons.
In this introductory series, the topics and terminology are well defined. While few in number, example sentences highlight each target concept in a different color and are accompanied by helpful explanations. There are no practice exercises, but occasional questions or tasks aid comprehension and keep students engaged. Photos, illustrations, and a colorful design liven up the content. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.

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