Eats, Shoots and Leaves

Lynne Truss
Bonnie Timmons

This is a really nifty little picture book that illustrates the importance of commas through the use of simple sentences with humorous illustrations contrasted with the same sentence (on the opposite side of the page) differently punctuated. The results are entertaining and quite educational.

Here is one example:

On the left-hand page is the sentence: "Slow, children crossing." The cartoon-like picture shows a crossing guard signalling for cars to stop while some school children cross the road.

Latin Proverbs

This nifty, pocket-sized paperback is, quite simply, loaded with Latin proverbs (along with their English translations and whatever information is available about the source). There are over 1,100 proverbs in all and the appendices contain topical and author indices.

A few samples (note: the book does include macrons to indicate long vowel sounds, which are not easy to duplicate here):

Malum vas non frangitur.
The bad vase does not get broken.

The Dot and the Line

Norton Juster

Freedom is not a license for chaos. is my son's signature below his email messages. It was written by Norton Juster, of The Phantom Toolbooth fame, and it comes from our almost-17-year-old's favorite book.

Also see:

The Mental Math Series by Kathy French

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Mrs. Glosser's Math Goodies is a free educational web site featuring interactive math lessons. "Our lessons use a problem-solving approach and actively engage students in the learning process. We also offer many other useful resources including Chat Boards, Puzzles, a Math Image Library, Educational Links, Calculators, and much more!"

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The Children's Book of Virtues

Book cover: 'The Children's Book of Virtues'
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Book cover: 'The Children's Book of Heroes'
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Book cover: 'The Children's Book of America'
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Book cover: 'Little House Country, A Photo Guide to the Home Sites of Laura Ingalls Wilder'
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Book cover: 'The Little House Cookbook'
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The bulk of this resource consists of "chapter activities" which generally include three segments:


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