I am SO EXCITED about the new book I got in the mail. I was peeking out the window, watching for the mail lady to bring me a wonderful large envelope containing this fascinating and delightful book. I waited for days...and then - it finally came.
The rays of heavenly sunshine and the angels singing announced that yesterday the beloved book had arrived.
I tore open the yellow envelope and beheld it - it was everything I had hoped for. And more!
What is this amazing book, you may wonder? I will be ever so glad to tell you.
It is - Grammar by Diagram by Cindy L. Vitto. This book is a thorough investigation into the fascinating look at grammar and diagramming sentences. She is a delight and a wonder. Oh! The organization of this book! She even devotes a great deal of her introduction to explaining why the book is organized as it is.
I could hardly wait until the children were in bed to cozy up on the couch with my new grammar book. It even includes quizzes! Be still my beating heart. I eagerly began - she starts, of course, with nouns and pronouns (what sane person wouldn't!) and does not only just give you the general idea; she dives in head first and gives all sorts of wonderful categories (subjective, objective, reflexive, intensive, possessive, indefinite, reciprocal, interrogative, demonstrative and relative). Joy of all joys!
As I absorbed every jot and tittle, I began thinking as I approached the diagramming how completely and utterly fun sentence diagramming is and I had this great thought: oh my goodness, party games!
I asked my sleeping husband, "Oh honey! I have an idea! Wouldn't it be a fun party game to diagram sentences?"
He roused himself awake to answer, "Um...well...not for me..."
Yeah, I guess not, though. Already at our parties we don't serve pop (poison) and my kids think dessert is eating a prune, so if I started passing out sentences to diagram, I guess that might put some people over the top.
Well, I would like it anyway. Oh well. Maybe I'll just save it for my birthday instead of pulling it off as a fun kid's game (like instead of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey?).
But it is TOTALLY THEIR LOSS.
And now, back to p. 61.
Peace, love and I love pedestaling prepositional phrases that function as predicate adjectives,