Feet and Puppies, Thieves and Guppies: What Are Irregular Plurals? (Words Are Categorical)

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What Are Irregular Plurals? You'll find the answer inside this book full of ponies, teeth, potatoes, and geese! Brian P. Cleary's whimsical rhymes and Brian Gable's comical illustrations team up to give helpful guidelines for forming plurals when the usual rules of adding s or es don't apply. We've printed the irregular plural words in color for easy identification.

Feet and Puppies, Thieves and Guppies: What are Irregular Plurals? turns traditional spelling lessons on end. Read it aloud and share in the delight of the sense--and nonsense--of words.

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Brian P. Cleary is the author of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical® series, as well as the Math Is CATegorical®, Food Is CATegorical™, Adventures in Memory™, and Sounds Like Reading® series. He has also written Six Sheep Sip Thick Shakes: And Other Tricky Tongue Twisters, The Punctuation Station, and several other books. Mr. Cleary lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

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"A handy guide to a perplexing topic, this overview of irregular plurals is one of the more useful entries in the series. Through playful rhyming verse, Cleary instructs readers in both the typical form for English plurals and some rules regarding the formation of irregular plurals. 'Many words that end in y/will end in i-e-s/when naming more than one,/as in,/"My buddies made a mess."' Words that end in -y, -fe, -f, and -o are given general rules. Cleary also advises that internal vowels may change in the plural form and that some plurals follow no rules and just have to be memorized. Plenty of examples are provided, with each one highlighted through the use of a large, boldly colored font. Gable again employs his familiar style of hand-drawn and computer-inked cartoon illustrations, with vaguely human cats in an assortment of hues demonstrating the grammatical examples given on each page. Crazy costumes, silly glasses, and comical expressions keep the mood as light as the author's bouncy narration. While the singsong text and bright, adequately sized figures would work nicely for read-alouds, the subject matter is best suited to independent reading. Appropriate for early elementary students looking to improve their spelling, this volume is a great addition to classroom and library collections." --School Library Journal

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"The latest entry in the Words Are CATegorical series tackles nouns with irregular plurals. Beginning with regular plural forms, Cleary points out that 'adding s or es to most nouns will make them plural. But you won't find two 'foots' on any yardstick, boy, or girl.' The rhythmic, rhyming verse shows students how to make plurals from words ending in y, f, fe, and o and points out examples of plurals formed by changing vowels (tooth/teeth, mouse/mice), as well as nouns that remain the same whether plural or singular (deer, sheep). The final page includes a chart showing words' endings, their irregular plurals, and examples. While consistently centered on communicating grammar with wit and precision, Cleary juggles meter and rhyme with seemingly effortless skill. Meanwhile, Gable's colorful and frequently zany illustrations support the text with humor and intriguing details. A surprisingly enjoyable introduction to plurals." --Booklist

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