Skip to main content

Book Review: Eats, Shoots, and Leaves by Lynne Truss

photocredit

I am almost ashamed to write this post, knowing somewhere there will be a mistake. Punctuation Stickler Lynne Truss will be aghast that I read her book, Eats, Shoots, and Leaves, on correct punctuation, and I will continue to make errors--probably my whole life. This was a hilarious book at a topic far from comedy: the founding, history, and correct use for different punctuation marks.

The author really knows how to relieve the audience with fits of laughter interspersed between chapters on the exclamation point ( ! ), the apostrophe ( ' ) , and the period (.). Of course, this isn't all her book is about. The reason she wrote this book is to teach the general public on the proper use of these marks and how they change language, tone, and meaning of the written word. She also admitted she cringes when reading signs like, "No Dogs Please", wanting her inner stickler to take a red marker to it and add that ever-needed comma.

I found this 200 page lecture to be entertaining, informative, and quite necessary for my horrible internet-emoticon-using habit I've picked up since, oh, seventh grade. All I need to do now is read a book about grammar usage, and I'll have felt I was refreshed in 9th grade English class. I think I'll put her elementary adaptation on the home-school list for future reference.

I give this book a 4 out of 5 for wit, and impeccable punctuation.
A word for the wise, Inner Sticklers: Don't let your proper punctuation turn into fascism. You'll lose friends over an appropriate mark. Is it worth it? (Or rather, are your friends really your friends if they can't properly place a comma?) You decide.

Comments

Beautiful blog
Thanks for sharing
Patty

Popular posts from this blog

How To: DIY Sand/Water Table

How To: Build A Sand/Water Table for Under $30!
Sorry this took me so long to blog, but I had to have a tool list and full instructions before I could do so.
A little history on my love for the sand/water table. I love the idea behind tools for tiny hands, i.e. the Montessori Method, and like to have Lukka 'figure things out for himself', even when he is playing. I try to have the most simple and basic toys available for 3 reasons: a) simple toys generally have less parts, which means less of a hassle for me
b) simple toys inspire way more creativity and imagination than do 'exact replica' toys
c) they are much more aesthetically pleasing to look at, therefore, not making every nook and cranny of our house an eyesore!
I know the last reason is just for me, but it's true. Plastic things don't generally last 1/2 as long as wooden or fabric toys, and they are unattractive. For this reason, I started to look for a wooden sand/water table as opposed to a plastic one …

Snapshot Story of Malibu, Lake Louise Inlet, British Columbia

top photo: The Blainiacs; self-titled, our group from bible study

There are too many words to share everything about Malibu, so I'm going to share a few pictures, and some words in this post. Malibu is a Young Life camp that is it's own little village in the middle of nowhere, British Columbia, or at least it feels that way--very isolated. It's right at the top of Lake Louise Inlet (right before Lake Louise) but really, there is nothing out there. It is what a leader called "The Thin Place"; the place right in the middle of heaven and earth. It's beautiful, welcoming, joyful, and raw, pristine.


This lodge is where "Club" happens. This is where the large group of the 220+ women who were present for Women's Weekend  would get together twice daily for skits, singing, and hearing speakers before breaking out into small group time. The Women's Weekend follows the Young Life way in how they structure the retreat. Everything we did resembled what t…

Subscription Boxes as Homeschool Curriculum

Ani painting her first diarama
The subscription service business sector is exploding the online retail market. You can now buy toys, pet products, clothing, stationary, beauty products, eco-cleaning supplies, and even organic snacks all in monthly packages with excellent branding. While print magazines are slowly fading away, a new type of subscription purchasing is taking place in droves--for those who are too busy or depleted to run one more errand (hand raised here), you can get a fun surprise on your doorstep for a decent price. These are excellent as curriculum because all the work of planning and gathering has been done for you! Now it's just up to the child to execute and enjoy the process. 
I have tried a few subscription services as either birthday gifts or a trial run for homeschooling, and let me tell you there are some awesome businesses going up! I want to highlight a few of them for you that can be used as homeschooling curriculum for elementary grade kids. With each…