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Shockingly poor grammar
Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2021
I am torn. The exercises are fun and my child is admittedly learning close reading. However, the grammar is so execrable that it shocks me. the author claims to be an educator but seems blissfully unaware of the basics of grammar— some examples: “a lot of pieces” (page 20; a lot instead of many), “draw things you would see in Clifton below” (page 19; misplaced “below” suggests Clifton is below), “Nate’s class were writing about what they did over the summer” (ugh. Page 86 Should be “was” and more damagingly, “had done”—the use of the casual past tense is the ultimate sloppiness)
I am extremely disheartened because the impunity with which these are repeated suggests that this sort of extremely poor grammar has become acceptable. Except, it’s not condoned on the SATs, so we should probably nip it in the bud early and avoid these types of books.