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Language Arts

AnimologyBerkes, Marianne Animalogy: Animal Analogies
Gr. K-3
   32 pp. Sylvan Dell 2011

Illustrated by Cathy Morrison. This animal-themed book introduces analogies: “Amphibian is to frog / as mammal is to moose.” Whether illustrating verbs or nouns, the crisp language features accurate syntax, and rhymes on the alternate pages work well. Vivid illustrations of animals in natural settings are eye-catching. Six pages of learning activities based on information in the book are appended.
Subjects: General Language; Stories in rhyme; Animals

The Ultimate Writing Guide for StudentsFogarty, Mignon Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students
High school
   296 pp. Holt 2011

Illustrated by Erwin Haya. This clear and accessible guide to a wide range of writing and grammar topics will be useful to student writers. A variety of examples and tips combined with clear organization will help them find answers to specific questions and apply what they’ve learned to their own writing. Teachers will also gain many ideas and examples to enhance their lessons. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: General Language; Language–Grammar; Writing

Forget-Me-NotsHoberman, Mary Ann Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart
Gr. K-3
  144 pp. Little/Tingley 2012

Illustrated by Michael Emberley. Hoberman has selected more than 120 poems that are good choices for memorization. Divided into eleven sections, the collection is a treasure trove of the familiar and the fresh. Emberley’s watercolor, pastel, and pencil pictures both embellish and illustrate the poems. A wonderful gift book for poetry lovers, but even children who have never considered memorizing a poem will find much to love here. Ind.
Subjects: Poetry Collections; Memory

Just WriteMyers, Walter Dean Just Write: Here’s How
High school
   161 pp. HarperCollins/Collins (HarperCollins) 2012

“Writing is not mysterious. There are tools that I use to help me get to the end of a book.” No sentimentalist, Myers advises young writers on how to get started and–even more difficult–how to keep going and finish. His approach is practical, encouraging extensive outlining and, for a novel, a “six-box model for fiction.” Autobiographical anecdotes make the advice concrete. Bib.
Subjects: General Literature; Writing; Authors

LemonadeRaczka, Bob Lemonade, and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word
Gr. 4-6 
  44 pp. Roaring Brook 2011

Illustrated by Nancy Doniger. In this volume, poet meets Scrabble nerd. Raczka makes poems from a single word by rearranging various letters from that word, anagram-style. Some are imagistic: moonlight is “hot / night / thin / light / moth / in / motion.” Some are mini-narratives: friend is “fred / finds / ed.” The concrete poem format makes you want to try some yourself.
Subjects: Poetry; Language–Anagrams; Poetry–Concrete poems

From the October 2012 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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