Exclamation Mark!

exclamation pointDoes your child know what an exclamation point is? Do you want to help your child learn punctuation in a fun and meaningful way? Once you read Exclamation Mark by Amy Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld with your child, he or she will be on their way to understanding what a question mark, period and exclamation point are.

Exclamation Mark (ideal for kindergarten and up) stars the exclamation point as the main character. He feels different and is sad about not being like the period until he meets question mark and understands his purpose in life.

After I read this book to my kids, they noticed punctuation more and were able to understand the difference between period, explanation point and question mark.  How did they learn it so quickly? Because it was so meaningful! Once the exclamation point became a character with feelings and emotions, they learned it quickly.

It is a favorite in my house and is an ideal book to read during mealtime. Punctuation can be a topic that is less than exciting to our kids but with this book, they will be learning and having fun at the same time.  You can also target feelings, empathy, expanding vocabulary (e.g., flummoxed, deflated), improving literacy, and answering “wh” questions. An excellent read and a great book to have in your library!


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