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Dee and Apostrofee

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Book received for free through NetGalley 

This is an adorably cute book that teaches how to use an apostrophe in the most adorable manner. I absolutely love this book and could see buying it for my own personal library. That said after reading it once my five and seven year old say they learned nothing so I guess I'll need to read it to them later. ;)
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Thanks to the publishers for sharing this one. It would be good for kids in prep or grade one. My full review appears on Weekend Notes.
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Loved this book! Fun illustrations and hilarious writing.  This would be a great book to review/expand upon a grammar lesson on apostrophes.  I wouldn't necessarily use it for an introduction lesson because it is a bit all over the place, but definitely for the second lesson.  I know that kids will find it entertaining, and teachers could easily create some meaningful activities to go along with the book.  

Thank you Netgalley and publishers for a digital copy! This book will be out 10/5/21.
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This book was SO CUTE! I love that it had a story, but was mainly there to teach children about apostrophes! This would be a great book to give to any little that is learning how to spell/read/write! The idea was very creative and the book was fun to read.
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We definitely need more books which show children that punctuation can be fun and this one certainly does that. The two characters are very cute as are the bright, bold illustrations. There are some very good pages in this book  when we see the two main uses of an apostrophe but as an educationalist I found the idea of using the apostrophe in a very informal way such as d'lighted quite confusing and it took away from the really great content later on.

With thanks to NetGalley and the publishers
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The letters of the alphabet have banded together under Dee's leadership to stop Apostrofee from eating vowels.

This is a cute book that introduces children to punctuation marks. It features a cute story and examples of the use of the apostrophe, such as contractions and possession. However, I don't think that the story was quite clear on the uses of the apostrophe since it presents both formal and informal uses indiscriminately, which could cause confusion among the target readers of the book. I'm also at a loss as to why Apostrofee's name wasn't Apostrophe, which is the correct spelling of the punctuation mark. It seems like a mistake that could create a fossilized error in students that young. 

Nevertheless, I thought the story was cute and could be a good way to open a lesson on punctuation. It could also help adult ESL learners to use apostrophes.
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The concept of apostrophe can be a bit tricky for young learners who are reluctant readers. I was on the lookout for that one perfect book that would hook the reader with its story line, yet make learning the conventions of the English language fun and engaging for learners. This book serves that purpose! The story is fun and engaging, the illustrations humourous and fun-filled. I really believe class kids would love this book!
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I loved the illustrations in this book!

This was a fun way of trying to explain apostrophes to children – the main character in the book is confusingly called Apostrofee (I really think they should have stuck with the actual name as it is a book to help with learning!). 

I loved that Apostrofee ate the missing letters and got himself a bit of wind when he did – it was a funny book and plenty to smile about as you read the book!

It is 3.5 stars from me for this one, rounded up to 4 stars for Goodreads and Amazon.
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I love Dee and Apostrofee! It will be perfect for introducing apostrophes to my students and will provide a great visual to help them retain what they learn.
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Quite a bit funny, a little gassy, and a lot informative, this book will teach kids about the humble apostrophe in the silliest of ways!
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What an amazing book and way to introduced these concepts to my students. They really enjoyed the characters and it helped them to remember the concepts since they were introduced in such a fun and entertaining way!
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There isn't much plot to this. I can't imagine reading this to a kid unless it's in a school setting and you're learning about apostrophes.
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A humorous book about the apostrophe and its relationships to the letters that make up words? What a fun idea that is the basis of Dee and Apostrofee - thank you, Kids Can Press for the e-galley via NetGalley. Dee and Apostrofee starts as a fun and amusing conversation between the letter D and the apostrofee who likes to eat up other letters and take their place in words. The letter D is not amused by this and tries to convince the apostrofee to give up this nefarious act. But the apostrofee can’t, won’t, and shan’t. In a convincing argument, the apostrofee is about to make its case to D and the other gathered letters.

What a fun and amusing way to introduce the apostrophe to young readers and writers. I can see this story being used as an engaging way for educators and parents to introduce the use of apostrophes to young children. It definitely makes a boring literacy lesson not so boring anymore especially with the sassy and mischievous character of the apostrofee.
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What a delight for primary students just discovering the apostrophe! Dee (a.k.a. the letter D) is furious with “sneaky” Apostrofee (the punctuation mark) for gobbling up letters in the interest of making words shorter. “He is a thief!” she cries. (“O’s are my favorite — They’re like little air donuts,” Apostrofee opines at one point. And it is O’s that provide the resolution to author Judith Henderson’s clever plot.)

This picture book tackles wouldn’t, couldn’t, shouldn’t, possessives and more. Kids will giggle through this slender book, as they already understand the concept (if not the practice) of the apostrophe and, thus, know more than the perturbed alphabet letters. Adults will adore illustrator Ohara Hale’s colorful cartoon renditions of the alphabet and Apostrofee. Perfect for every first- and second-grade classroom library.

In the interest of full disclosure, I received this book from NetGalley and Kids Can Press in exchange for an honest review.
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Dee and Apostrofee by Judith Henderson is a cute introduction to how apostrophes are used to combine and shorten words. I liked the illustrations and think it will be a good learning tool for kids. 

Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC.
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Dee and Apostrofee disagree on how words should be. Dee, along with the other letters, don’t appreciate Apostrofee’s appetite for eating letters. There is some complaining and humor along the way, but after Apostrofee explains how they condense words to make more fit, everyone seems to call a truce.

Judith Henderson’s Dee and Apostrofee is a cute book, though not terribly entertaining. This would be a good introduction in a classroom setting when beginning to introduce how apostrophes are used to show possession and to make contractions.
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This was a fun way of trying to explain apostrophes to children.  I love that Apostrofee eats the missing letters and gets gas.  I think kids will have fun and it is a stepping stone to explaining some of the nuances of the English language.
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Dee and Apostrofee by Judith Henderson is so cute!! This book teaches apostrophes and shows how to use them! The pictures were great and I think kids would find this book funny. I liked how this book showed multiple letters and vowels as those are tricky to teach. I would definitely recommend this book to teachers to have in their classrooms!
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I liked the concept, but this fell short on execution. For this to be a better learning tool, I would've made sure to use conventional English throughout. Getting slang-y with D'lish vs Delish isn't my way of using an apostrophe. <-- Which leads me wishing the author would've just spelled it Apostrophe and explained it's pronounced Apostrofee so kids know how to recognize the correct word. The cheat methods in this story weren't needed.
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A laugh out loud journey into the world of contractions, Dee and Apostrofee provides a grammatical lesson in a colorful, engaging way. It is a great introductory level for lower elementary and a fun review for older kids!
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