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Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

15815400Exclamation Mark
Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
2013 Scholastic Press
ISBN – 9780545436793
Genre – Picture Book
Age – Preschool
4 Stars


The Exclamation Mark was different from all of the Periods. He tried so hard to fit in, but never could. He became very upset, confused, and deflated, and he even thought about running away. One day he met Question Mark, who was also different. Question Mark bombarded Exclamation Point with so many different questions that Exclamation point screamed STOP! He enjoyed that so much that he began exclaiming things constantly. He showed everyone what he could do. He finally learned to embrace his differences.

I thought this book was adorable. Exclamation Point doesn’t want to be different, he just wants to fit in. I think all kids feel this way at one time or another. It wasn’t until meeting someone else different that he was truly able to be himself. I love that this book shows us how great it can be to embrace exactly who we are, and not always try to compare ourselves to someone else. The illustrations were simple, mainly comprising of punctuation, and words in various sizes and colors. I also like that the pages look like the paper in school that we learn to write our letters on with the solid lines for tall letters and the dotted line for the shorter letters. Great life lesson and grammar lesson as well!


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