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A Grammar Classic

February 1, 2011

“I never made a mistake in grammar but one in my life and as soon as I done it I seen it.” — Carl Sandburg

There are always books that need to be weeded in the library, but how can you weed a “Leaf?” I’m talking about the Munro Leaf book, Grammar Can be Fun. It was originally published in 1934, but we have the 1962 hardcover edition in the library. The price back then, which included library binding, was $3.93! What a bargain!

Weeding this book is out of the question. It’s a classic. What more can I say? Leaf’s approach to teaching good grammar is extremely witty, and he easily captivates readers with his comical drawings – much like Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid drawings.

The grammar choices presented are simple and easy to understand. For example:  Lie, lay, laid, and lain are words that have always been tricky when it comes to correct usage. With Leaf’s clever explanations, there are no more worries.

When it comes to weeding, I’ve discovered some “weeds” are classic treasures and should be put in a place of honor to be shared with a new generation of readers.


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