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Kidlit Good News / Re: Debut picture book RAJA’S PET CAMEL
« Last post by DellaRF on October 07, 2019, 07:29 PM »
Awesome news, Starfish!  :stars3

Della
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The Art of Grammar / Re: Usage of commas after “first” in these sentences
« Last post by AnnH on October 07, 2019, 08:12 AM »
In reference to commas I remember hearing, "When in doubt, leave it out."
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Fictional Picture Books with STEM topics
« Last post by Vijaya on October 07, 2019, 07:46 AM »
Marla, that's great you have the story. As Debbie says, kids will enjoy it--relevant backmatter is an excellent way to tie it into the school curriculum. You needn't be overly specific in your query because it'd be useful for teachers in multiple grades. I love tides--our backyard abuts a tidal marsh and it is such a fascinating ecosystem. Good luck!!!
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First find a place where the branches are low.

A leading “first” usually implies the first item of a sequence, and that a “next”, or “then” etc. can be expected.
Try rewriting w/ e.g. “To get started,” with the comma separator. This would be a sequence-free initiator.

Many commas are unneeded, according to strict grammar. Commas to control cadence are are okay and even indispensable, if not overused.
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Kidlit Good News / Re: Debut picture book RAJA’S PET CAMEL
« Last post by dinalapomy101 on October 07, 2019, 04:31 AM »
It sounds adorable! Don't let my daughter read it -- she is on the hunt for a pet now.... :-D
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Kidlit Good News / Re: Debut picture book RAJA’S PET CAMEL
« Last post by christripp on October 07, 2019, 01:40 AM »
 :congratulations Anita!!!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Fictional Picture Books with STEM topics
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on October 06, 2019, 08:02 PM »
If the STEM connection is there, publishers will see it. But most traditional publishers are geared toward the trade market with sales to teachers as a bonus. Mentioning you have back matter about the tides available alone will be enough to point out the curriculum tie in.

You can look up the Next Generation Science Standards to get an idea of the standards, but not everything is topic-specific. Kids will be curious is enough.
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This is a dealers choice situation as David said. Try reading the piece out loud and see if you pause or want the reader to pause. Commas create that pause. Sometimes the pause gives a slight change to the meaning/emotion o the speaker.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Fictional Picture Books with STEM topics
« Last post by JodyJS on October 06, 2019, 04:21 PM »
 :goodluck
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Fictional Picture Books with STEM topics
« Last post by marla-lesage on October 06, 2019, 04:09 PM »
Maybe I'm over thinking it!  lol
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