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Under, Over, by the Clover (Words are CATegorical)

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In this fun-filled guide, playful puns and comical cartoon cats combine to show, not tell, readers what prepositions are all about.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Carolrhoda Books
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Jennifer Amichia
Great book on prepositions! Many students aren't introduced to the term preposition until later in elementary school, but its relevance is undeniable. Personally, I struggled with this concept for a while simply because it wasn't properly explained to me. Literacy in all of it dimensions is important, but it is also important that students understand how many ways they can manipulate their writing to make it do what they want. This is a FUN book for introducing prepositions and showing how usefu ...more
Amy
Cleary's playful yet contrived rhymes add fun to a book overtly teaching a part of speech, prepositions, but that could also give kids inspiration to create wacky poetry of their own. Rhyming "direction" with "wrecked shin" somehow works, and I have to applaud that. As in his other books, the concept of a preposition becomes clear by the end, where the reader needs to answer, "What is a preposition? Do you know?" All of the prepositions in the book are highlighted, and when he addresses usage, t ...more
Dolly
Jul 10, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We really enjoy Brian P. Cleary's books. He makes learning fun, and this is a silly and humorous rhyming book about prepositions. His books really entertain children while teaching them basic concepts; our girls really like them. The illustrations by Brian Gable are cartoony and cute, too - we love the cats.

We've read several of the books in the Words are CATegorical series and we've really enjoyed them. We will certainly look for more books by this author/illustrator team at our local library.
Peggy
Just a rhyming picture book that helps explain how to identify prepositions. Not amazing or anything, but helpful. School House Rock is still the best thing I know to help explain grammatical topics.
Emmaus Public  Library
A fun picture book to introduce those often forgotten prepositions!

This parts of speech series, Words Are CATegorical is ideal for introducing the basics.
Ruth Ann
Part of the "Words are CATegorical" series, this book shows rather than tells the reader what a preposition is. The format definitely is appealing and all the cats will help make grammar "PU-R-R-R-FECT"!
Theresa
"on a list of books recomended for teaching books to students on themes and ideasprepositions a quarky book showing the use of prepositions in sentence structures and their gramatic rules
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Edna
A great book for introducing young children to English grammar and the use of prepositions by placing them in silly rhyming sentences with funny cartoon character illustrations.
Mrs Bond
I am loving this series (Words are CATegorical). The author and illustrator give a great show and tell about prepositions. In all its silliness the lesson is clearly understood.
Shallowreader VaVeros
Another great book by Cleary on grammar rules. I highly recommend all his books as he explains grammatical rules in a clear way.
Carol


Good book introducing prepositions. I really enjoyed it, but the different type was difficult for an early reader.
Fariba Aadelvand
A book of prepositions!! Another awesome book filled with great info by Brian P. Cleary.
Angela
Great book for teaching (supplementing) grammar lessons
Part of a series
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See my comments on Hairy, Scary, Ordinary...
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