This little gem by Emily Gravett manages to mix simplistic, engaging, storytelling with a grammar lesson. It is not at all like an overbearing, instructional how-to-guide (cough). Instead, it is all about the details. I mean its publishing info is pear shaped for goodness sake! The books explores how commas function in a sentence, using visuals to illustrate the difference between grouping objects and merging them together.
And that apple bear is pretty funny to boot.
I just tried this book out with a little girl who is not only a reluctant reader but is also reading well below her age level. It was amazing to see how the visuals of this book gave her an understanding of the fairly intangible theoretical world of commas. Plus, we laughed a while over Apple bear…but that might have been because I said ‘butt.’