Grammar Adventures

With Grammy and the G Gang

Children - Educational
103 Pages
Reviewed on 01/29/2024
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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite

Grammar Adventures by Lakshmi Narayani contains eight story lessons with grammatical learning objectives. Grammy and the "G" Gang, eight-year-old quadruplets Gary, Gabby, Gloria, and Griffin, embark on adventures as a clock made by T. Gramm, their great-great-grandfather, whisks them away to various places and times to solve grammatical problems. They locate the parts of speech during their first trip, and a gentleman gives Grammy and the children a chest with six locks. For the next seven Saturdays, the gang visits different places, mastering lessons in grammar. Until the chest is unlocked in each place, a person, animal, or thing provides them with a key that will unfasten one lock. At the end of the story, a "scroll" reveals the lesson learned and its real-world application. Definitions of key terms follow and the author encourages games to reinforce the skills.

Lakshmi Narayani knows how to make learning fun! Incorporating adventures into learning English concepts is a great way to increase retention of the material and promote lifelong learning. Even the characters are an example of figurative language, as teachers could use their names as an example of alliteration. Caregivers could supplement their child's education or a homeschool teacher could use the stories to strengthen their lessons. Within a classroom setting, each lesson briefly recaps the G Gang's adventures, making it easy for students who have missed a lesson to follow along with the story as educators reinforce the concept. Illustrated with colorful pictures that will grab a visual learner's attention, the stories and games will also appeal to auditory and tactile learners. Grammar Adventures is a great selection for teachers and homeschool families who hope to instill grammar rules in children's minds in a fun and engaging way.

Afifa Raisa

Grammar Adventures With Grammy and the G Gang by Lakshmi Narayani features the adventures of quadruplets Gary, Griffin, Gabby, and Gloria with their grandmother. When the children are taken to Grammy’s home, they learn that they will have to spend the day without any gadgets. They think they will have a terrible time, but soon Grammy introduces a magical clock that takes them on fascinating journeys. Each time they learn about a grammatical concept, their adventures continue. At the end of eight missions, they successfully master parts of speech, nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, abstract nouns, and figurative language.

Lakhsmi Narayani’s Grammar Adventures With Grammy and the G Gang adds life to fundamental grammatical concepts that children may otherwise find dull and thus makes learning enjoyable for them. I feel that the excitement of the children following their first adventure can help young readers believe that learning can be fun. Although they cannot be a part of the journeys in the literal sense, the lively style of narration ensures they can share the characters’ emotions throughout the book. I think that youngsters will be able to learn a lot simply by reading the stories, preferably with the help of educators or caregivers. I also like the idea of summarizing the concepts through necessary definitions and examples at the end of each story; it can help young readers revise what they already know and thus learn more effectively. I would recommend the book to children aged six to eight.

Jennie More

Grammar Adventures by Lakshmi Narayani is the story of quadruplets Gloria, Griffen, Gary, and Gaby, who visit their Grammy on the weekends. On their first visit to Grammy's and to their dismay, Grammy doesn't want them to use or keep their technical gadgets while visiting her and tells them to give the gadgets to their parents. The siblings were already disappointed they'd have to visit Grammy because they didn't know her well yet. They expected their visit to be boring, and now they predict it will be even worse because they have nothing to occupy them. Little do they know that Grammy has the best adventures in store that they'll ever experience. She introduces them to her special clock that takes them back in time on exciting expeditions and to exotic locations including space, underwater, jungles, deserts, and the age of the dinosaurs. The clock allows them to go on once-in-a-lifetime adventures and educational journeys. They learn more about grammar with their Grammy because each trip has a grammar puzzle or two for them to solve.

Grammar Adventures by Lakshmi Narayani is an imaginative, entertaining, and stimulating book for children to learn about grammar. The quadruplets' dialogue is delightful, and the adventures are unique and inventive. The lessons on grammar are skilfully incorporated into the story, keeping the fast-paced momentum going. Each adventure in the book is short, keeping children engaged, and ends with a recap of the information shared about the part of speech that the quadruplets and Grammy explored. The story is well-written, and the illustrations are colorful and beautiful, complementing the narrative, and maintaining the reader's attention. Grammar Adventures is a fun and effective way for children to learn grammar. I loved this book and would recommend it to any parent.