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Animals of North America to Copy in Manuscript (e-book)

By Joy Marie Dunlap
Light Home Publications

Animals of North America to Copy in Manuscript was developed by Joy Marie Dunlap for teaching traditional manuscript handwriting. It is intended for grades 2-3 or for remedial practice. The animal theme of this informative e-book will appeal to boys and girls alike.

This e-book is a 72-page PDF document. Once you have downloaded it to your computer, you will need Adobe Reader to open the e-book and print it. It is fully reproducible and can be printed as many times as you need for your family's use.

Animals of North America contains 26 alphabetic pages with a drawing of an animal and a paragraph about the animal. It includes such animals as the Least Chipmunk, Muskoxen, Flying Squirrels, and Moose. Beneath the paragraphs there are lines provided for copying the paragraph in traditional manuscript handwriting. This copywork e-book does not provide any tracing pages.

The e-book also includes 27 coloring pages, many of which have hidden animal tracks to find. There are 7 activity pages, including word searches, matching games, crossword puzzles, memory games, and word games. Five illustrated notebooking pages for copywork or nature study complete this e-book.

My 4th-grade daughter enjoyed using this penmanship e-book. The paragraphs about the animals engaged her interest. Selecting her favorite sentence to underline each day kept her focused on the reading. The coloring pages and activities in the e-book helped to make her handwriting lessons fun. However, she is older than the intended age for this e-book. My 2nd-grade son could not have managed to use this copywork e-book. The lines provided are too narrow for him, and the paragraphs are longer than he could complete in one day. I personally think the listed ages are too low.

The Animals of North America penmanship e-book is a good value, considering the reproducible license. It is an interesting and fun penmanship e-book that provides many pages of copywork and activities. Parents will need to determine whether their young child is ready for this e-book. Personally, I feel it would be more appropriate for grades 3-5.

Product review by April Elstrom, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, July 2009

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