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Author: Krouse Rosenthal, Amy
Illustrator: Lichtenheld, Tom
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Year Published: 2013
ISBN: 978-0545436793
Grades: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Kindergarten

Exclamation Mark

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Amy Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld’s new book does not disappoint. exclamation mark follows the trials and tribulations of the title’s namesake as he tries to fit in with the periods that surround him. His attempts are doomed to failure: he just can’t get that line in the air to behave! Suddenly, he is discovered by a question mark who peppers him with, what else, questions. In desperation, the exclamation mark lives up to his name and in doing so, discovers who he is meant to be. Along the way, he helps us to understand how we can use him to spice up our own writing. The lessons on punctuation are simple, and second to the story. Children will get it without being preached to, and with having fun on the way. Rosenthal wisely keeps the text simple and straightforward, one sentence per page …with a few notable exceptions ;). Lichtenheld’s illustration match the text, with the periods, question and exclamation marks on a background of simple writing foolscap. A good beginning punctuation book, and a book about discovering your purpose for older readers.

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