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  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Picture Window Books (Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1404819819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1404819818
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 27.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 653,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If You Were an Adjective "Vibrantly colored, full-page illustrations, and a whimsical layout combine to offer children an accessible introduction to grammar." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Michael Dahl is the prolific author of the bestselling Goodnight Baseball picture book and more than 200 other books for children and young adults. He has won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award three times for his nonfiction, a Teacher's Choice award from Learning magazine, and a Seal of Excellence from the Creative Child Awards. And he has won awards for his board books for the earliest learners, Duck Goes Potty and Bear Says "Thank You!" Dahl has written and edited numerous graphic novels for younger readers, authored the Library of Doom adventure series, the Dragonblood books, Trollhunters, and the Hocus Pocus Hotel mystery/comedy series. Dahl has spoken at schools, libraries, and conferences across the US and the UK, including ALA, AASL, IRA, and Renaissance Learning. He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota in a haunted house.

Sara Gray graduated with a BFA in illustration and design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She has worked as a freelance illustrator for Picture Window Books, Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, and Minnesota Parent Magazine. The Word Fun series that Sara worked on with Picture Window Books won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award and the American Graphic Design Award. Sara currently works at Manhattan Toy Company as a product designer for Manhattan Toy's doll, plush, and puppet lines. Her illustrations also appear on Manhattan Toy's packaging for their Cirque du Soleil product line.

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This landscape format book addresses & illustrates all verb forms:
action verbs, attribute/descriptive, helping/ action-on-object, linking verbs, verb tense, possessives.

It's a great introduction to learning the differences between verb forms and it's a great basis from which to build on the vocabulary, using other stories and activities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome for Teachers!! 17 Aug. 2007
By Your Name Here - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My 4 yr. old son and I have read, "If you were an Adjective," and "If you were a Verb." They're both fantastic. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. It explains a lot about these parts of speech. For example, in the verb book, it talks about helping verbs, past, present, and future verbs, and linking verbs. The book is really quite comprehensive when it comes to teaching the basics about verbs (or other parts of speech). I taught 6th grade English and these books would have been wonderful to help the students learn grammar in a fun way.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grammar doesn't have to be dry. 26 April 2007
By Dominique Battles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a homeschooler, I was looking for an imaginative and engaging way to teach English grammar to my first grader. (I knew worksheets wouldn't cut it.) This series is the ticket. Each of these books teaches a specific part of speech using beatiful color illustrations and creative lettering to highlight the part of speech it covers. I was pleased and surprised by how these books combine comprehensiveness with simplicity of expression. Each book ends with games to practice the concepts covered. After reading "If You were a Verb," my son exclaimed "Mom, I want to be a verb!" Skip the worksheets and get these books instead. They're an absolute joy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The illustrations are phenomenal 28 April 2010
By M. Heiss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I thought I would use this book as a starting place for my kindergartener -- I think he is ready for the parts of speech.

It turns out my third-grader is completely captivated -- that's a great book. When the big kid reads it to the little kid, we have a winner.

I think the illustrations are simply amazing -- they carry the learning to a much deeper level.

Nice that there is an activity at the end of the book for the kids to do.

I also recommend pronoun, adjective, and noun -- I have all four.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for teaching verbs 6 Dec. 2012
By Laurie S. Christensen - Published on Amazon.com
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I like to use literature to teach core concepts in reading and math. This book gives great example of verbs that students can readily understand.
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute 5 Mar. 2013
By dcooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The illustrations were nicely done and the rhyming cute. A quick book to read when at the very beginning of introducing the concept of verbs.
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