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Exclamation Mark

Exclamation Mark

Spring 2013 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 9780545436793
Hardcover Price: $17.99

There's something innately charming about punctuation, and the characters in exclamation mark don't disappoint. Through whimsical illustrations and spare, snappy text, this author/illustrator team introduces young readers to a shy but very personable exclamation mark—one who struggles to fit in among his more subtle punctuating peers.

He tries, but fails, to blend in with the periods. He feels conspicuous, and out of place. That is, until question mark comes bounding in with his unabashed curiosity and demonstrates how to just be.

This is a fun story about celebrating that unique thing in all of us.

Rosenthal and Lichtenfield also teamed up on New York Times bestseller Duck! Rabbit!, an equally delightful story about differing points of view, and Wumbers, a book of numerical word play.

Teresa DiFalco   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Teresa DiFalco is an award-winning ghostwriter, writer, and mother in Vancouver, Washington. She's been a contributing editor for Parents' Choice for over ten years. She's a strong speller, a menace at badminton, and makes a decent soufflé.

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