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UP, UP AND AWAY by Ruth Heller


A Book About Adverbs

by Ruth Heller & illustrated by Ruth Heller

Age Range: 9 & up

Pub Date: Nov. 7th, 1991
ISBN: 0-448-40249-1
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

 Continuing her unique series on parts of speech (Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs, 1988), Heller tackles one of the most difficult with her usual panache, coupling a deftly rhymed text with gloriously bold, colorful illustrations (``Some ADVERBS end in WARD, and WISE... BACKWARD... LIKEWISE... COUNTERCLOCKWISE''--a succinct summary appropriately framed by two pairs of gymnasts, their backs arched in opposing curves). The end-page conclusion is unduly abrupt; still, what other grammar manual will leave students longing for more? Just right to lighten up the lesson, even at the high-school level; Heller's admonitions are not only more fun but often clearer than more earnest explanations. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 9+)