A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink

What Is a Noun?

From the Series Words Are CATegorical ®

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

What is a noun? It’s easier to show than explain—and this book is brimming with examples. Author Brian Cleary and illustrator Jenya Prosmitsky creatively clarify the concept of nouns for young readers. Nouns are printed in color for easy identification, and the playful rhymes and illustrations combine to highlight key words.

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978-1-57505-402-5
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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Nonfiction
Copyright 1999
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press, Lerner Digital ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 1999-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.7
BISACS JNF029040, JNF029000, JNF029020
Dewey 428.2
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Guided Reading Level O
ATOS Reading Level 3.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 2108
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards and Reviewed

Awards

  • American Bookseller Kids' Pick of the Lists, Winner, 1999
  • Book-of-the-Month Children's Club Selection, Winner, 1999

Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

“This book subtitled ‘What Is a Noun?’ appropriately abounds with persons, places and things, while rhymes drop broad hints about using nouns.” —Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly

“While this book may appear to be little more than a list of nouns, the witty zeal it brings to the task of enumeration makes this basic concept seem like plenty. . . Colored type highlights the nouns within the verse, which winds around the pictures in a bouncy typeface. Certainly one of the least serious grammar lessons imaginable, this book will convince kids that nouns are everywhere.” —Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

“Libraries looking to build up their 400s section could consider this introductory title. . .” —School Library Journal

Author: Brian P. Cleary

Brian P. Cleary is the author of the Words Are CATegorical®, Math Is CATegorical®, Food Is CATegorical™, and Animal Groups Are CATegorical™ series, as well as several picture books. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Illustrator: Jenya Prosmitsky

Jenya was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and lived most of her childhood and teen years in Kishinev, Moldavia (former U.S.S.R.).

At age seven Jenya entered the Children's Art Study Group. Three years later she was admitted to Schusev Children's Art School where she concentrated on fine arts. After graduating from Schusev Children's Art School and high school, she continued her art education at Repin College of Arts in Kishinev where she studied fine arts, illustration and graphic design. After coming to the U.S., she received a certificate in Computer Graphics from the School of Communication Arts in Minneapolis, a certificate in Web Design from the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design from the University of Minnesota.

For over 10 years Jenya has worked as an interactive/graphic designer and children's book illustrator. She is the artistic creator of the Words Are CATegorical series for Lerner Publishing Group of Minneapolis. The series' name took after the cat characters Jenya had introduced to the books. She is the illustrator of the first three titles in the series that continue to stay on Lerner Publishing Group's best seller list since 1999 and can be found in book stores around the world.

The titles are: A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What Is a Noun?, Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What Is an Adjective?, and To Root, to Toot, to Parachute: What Is a Verb?. Her recent work includes The Wedding That Saved a Town for Kar-Ben Publishing of Minneapolis. Jenya resides in Boston with her husband, Olivier, two daughters, Eugénie and Alexandra, and two cats, Ferruccio and Marcello.