„Don’t Dangle Your Participle“ by Vanita Oelschlager
Honestly, as a German who speaks English as her second language, I’d have trouble just explaining what a participle is… Let’s see what the book has to say about that in the beginning…
So, uhm, welcome to the English language. Sometimes an ing, sometimes an ed… At least the lion is super cute, right? ;) I’m just kidding. The book goes on, of course, and you get the hang of participles fairly quickly. Even I did. And once you get to the beautiful and hilarious illustrations, you will never ever dangle your participles again, promise.
„The dangling participle loses its way and the children learn 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.“
In case you are wondering, like I was: a dangling participle is a participle who is lost, like when the growling looses its noun (the lion) somewhere in the sentence. Or this adorable dog, which did not get to run with the Thanksgiving turkey because of a dangling participle… pour doggy.
I had fun figuring out what was wrong and putting it into the right order, even though I’m supposed to be way too old for this book. But I just loved the illustrations, and have probably dangled my participles too many times in the past. So I needed this. Since I know from experience that many kids struggle with this topic in school, this seems like a great gift for kids, and will definitely grab their attention.
Even more awesome is only the publisher Vanita Books, who donates all the proceeds to MS research. So go buy this book, and check out their website and see if something else interests you. :) p.s. there is also an excerpt of the dangling participle on their website, so go there too and check out some more of these cute animals…
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