Today’s will begin a weekly series posting on a book that either I have/am reading myself or have read to the kids. Here’s the first of many Friday Reads.
As a lover of language I was so excited to come across this children’s book this week called Greedy Apostrophe: A Cautionary Tale. This is a cute story told from the perspective of a group of punctuation marks and the important jobs they are given. The story personifies the commas, exclamation points, periods, and question marks in a light yet grammatically accurate way. The protagonist, the apostrophe is causing all sorts of mayhem which illustrates the confusion between the possessive and plural forms. My nine year old was especially excited as this has been a focus in his language arts class recently. We both agree that this would be a great supplement to use within the classroom.
The story concludes with the greedy apostrophe showing up, making his mark in places he does not belong and makes confusion of weather a word is plural or possessive. It’s a fun way to show how important the apostrophe is and where it is placed can completely change its meaning.
And just a little background here’s Wikipedia’s definition of the apostrophe:
- The marking of the omission of one or more letters (as in the contraction of do not to don’t).
- The marking of possessive case (as in the eagle’s feathers, or in one month’s time).
- The marking by some as plural of written items that are not words established in English orthography (as in P’s and Q’s). (This is considered incorrect by others; see Use in forming certain plurals. The use of the apostrophe to form plurals of proper words, as in apple’s, banana’s, etc., is universally considered incorrect.)
I hope you get the chance to take a look at this great book and please share your favorite fictional stories that teach about grammar?