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Dee and Apostrofee

by (author) Judith Henderson

illustrated by Ohara Hale

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Initial publish date
Oct 2021
Words, Humorous Stories
Recommended Age
4 to 7
Recommended Grade
p to 2
Recommended Reading age
4 to 7
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2021
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The letter D is mad at Apostrofee. Apostrofee thinks she's got it all wrong. Prepare yourself for the funniest book about punctuation that you'll ever read. Kids will never look at grammar the same way again!

Dee has a problem with Apostrofee. Namely, he keeps stealing letters and replacing them with himself! He does it with the letter E (turning DELISH into D'LISH). And A (I AM into I'M). And all of those Os (WOULD NOT into WOULDN'T, COULD NOT into COULDN'T ... you get the idea). Dee and the other letters have had enough! Though they have to admit Apostrofee does make words shorter, and without him, nobody could own anything. (The BOOK can't be DEE'S BOOK without an apostrophe!) And the letters do kind of miss him when he's not around ... Should they forgive him, so they can all live in peace 'n' harmony?

Judith Henderson brings a fresh and unexpected approach to the topic of grammar in this playful and humorous picture book that children will happily pick up on their own. With a limited, bright color palette, Ohara Hale's illustrations bring loads of personality to the characters and an appealing zany energy to the pages. Besides its use for teaching punctuation and language usage, this book also provides excellent social-emotional lessons on conflict resolution, acceptance and empathy.

About the authors

Judith Henderson does a lot of stuff. She is an author, an Emmy Award-winning composer, and wrote the theme song for the PBS show, Arthur. She is a TV producer, and she also illustrates. Judith's three-book series Big Words Small Stories is now airing as an animated series. Her other books include Dee and Apostrofee, AAAlligator! and This Is a Dog Book! Judith has several new books which will be published in 2023 and2024, including Willa and Wade the series and Lion on the Inside. Judith lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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Ohara Hale is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Montreal, Quebec. She was born in Hollywood and has visited and lived in many places throughout world. She works as a fine artist, illustrator, director, animator, voiceover actor, graphic designer and art director.

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