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The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation

by Jane Straus

Reviewed by Martha Robinson

Purchase details: The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation by Jane Straus. Paperback, 104 pages. $14.95. Published by The Blue Book. Please support by buying this book from our Amazon affiliate link.

Subtitled "The Mysteries of Grammar and Punctuation Revealed," The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation provides forty-two pages of rules written in a straightforward format. Parts of speech, subject/verb agreement, tricky words such as who or whom, and effective writing tips are the topics in the grammar section. Common marks as well as the less common ellipsis marks, parentheses, hyphens, and dashes are explained in the punctuation section. Additional sections about capitalization and writing numbers round out the rules segment of the book.

Exercises that highlight the rules outlined in the book follow. Students must correct faulty sentences or choose the correct word in the forty-two quizzes and tests. An answer key completes the book.

Recommendation: The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation is an effective supplement to any grammar program and would be useful review prior to college entrance exams. The book is concise and easy to understand, but will not take the place of an English curriculum because it does not have the quantity of exercises to reinforce each point. The Blue Book will be valuable as a reference to many homeschooling families, especially through high school. resources related to this review:'s Language Arts Resources Section for tons of ideas, links, and more!
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