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Friday, January 18, 2019

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

This is cute and I appreciated the fun lesson.
Don't Dangle Your Participle
by Vanita Oelschlager
Age Range: 5 - 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Paperback: 22 pages
Publisher: Vanita Books (May 1, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1938164033
Genre: Children, Educational, Grammar, Writing
My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0

Words and pictures show children what a dangling participle is all about. Young readers are shown an incorrect sentence that has in it a dangling participle. They are then taught how to make the sentence read correctly. It is done in a cute and humorous way. The dangling participle loses its way and the children learns how to help it find its way back to the correct spot in the sentence. This is followed by some comical examples of sentences with dangling participles and their funny illustrations, followed by an illustration of the corrected sentence. Young readers will have fun recognizing this problem in sentence construction and learning how to fix it.

I used to love to diagram sentences in English class when I was in early school years. (My son totally disliked diagramming even though he was an excellent student.) The beginning of this book explains the verb and the participle adjective to describe a noun. The authors then show how dangling participles change the meaning of a sentence, often making no sense or nonsense. The illustrations and text give many fun examples of a sentence in error and then its correction:
Incorrect example: Growling as they ate, the children gathered around the lions’ cage.
Correct example: Growling as they ate, the lions attracted the children to their cage.

The beginning technical discussion and even some of the examples may not work for very young children, so it is important to use this with the appropriate age group who are at this level of learning. The illustrations by Mike Desantis are active, cute and highlight the examples very well. The sentences are also fun, creating some very silly situations that children can enjoy.

I did feel that several of the corrected sentences were awkward. I think this is because there could have been a clearer written statement without using the participle. Setting that aside, I think this book makes a good tool to help explain the participle and correct use.

Source: 2019 NetGalley. This qualifies for 2019NetGalley and 2019Alphabet Goals.

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