Penny And The Punctuation Bee


All of the students are excited. Mr. Dash has announced the punctuation beee for Friday. Elsie, an exclamation point, has already claimed victory! Quentin (question mark) and Penny (period) will not be deterred. They practice making sentences with their respective punctuation mark. With just one question to go, Quentin, Penny and Elsie are tied. Can Penny do it? Or will Elsie take it all again!

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Cute characters, a fun contest, and lots of dialogue make this a great way of teaching kids about punctuation. This is especially useful for kids who are visual learners.

Content Awareness Factors:

None really.

Little Kid Reaction

My daughter loved this book and liked pointing to how the various marks were used within the sentences. She figured out the final score just as I was starting to read the next page.

Parent Reaction

What a great way to help kids understand how punctuation works. By adding multiple punctuation marks to the same word, kids can see how the pronunciation and/or meaning change. This is a WONDERFUL book that will work as a picture book and an easy reader! I'm not big on alliteration (Penny the Period) but it worked pretty well in this book.

Type of Book:
This is an illustrated story to help children learn about the role punctuation plays in communication.
Educational Themes:

The premise of the story - taking a word and constructing a sentence or question in different ways - is something you could recreate at home or in school. It could be fun way to practice sight words, too.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 to 8
Age of child:
Read with an 8-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a handy book to read with young elementary-aged children as they are learning to write. As they get to second grade, it will be a nice reinforcement for them that they can read themselves.

Title Penny and the Punctuation Bee
Author Moira Rose Donohue
Publisher Albert Whitman & Company © 2008
Illustrators Jenny Law
ISBN 9780807564776
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Easy Reader
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