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Gift for a Teacher: a Punctuation Book


Q. Nobody knows punctuation any more. How can we inspire teachers to emphasize the importance of writing correctly?


Give them a book! There's a wonderful, humorous book that has a great chance of getting teachers "hooked" on emphasizing the importance of punctuation with their students. It's cheap and useful enough to buy one for every teacher . . . and certainly one for yourself and your child.


It's called "Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation," by British writer Lynne Truss.


It's practical, funny, and best of all, it's inexpensive - available for around $5, if you buy it used through an online store such as


She implores "sticklers" to unite and save a "system of printers' marks that has aided the clarity of the written word for the past half-millennium."


It's not just out of perfectionism that this is important, she writes. "The reason to stand up for punctuation is that without it there is no reliable way of communicating reason."


By Susan Darst Williams Grammar Granny 046 2007



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