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Grammar Is a Sweet, Gentle Song (2001) [Novel]
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An impassioned plea for the magic and power of words. Jeanne, the tough-minded ten-year-old narrator, and Thomas, fourteen, are traveling to America on an ocean liner to visit their mother when a violent storm sinks their ship and tosses them up on an island. They are unhurt, but the shock of the experience leaves them without the ability to speak. Taken into the care of Monsieur Henri, an elderly islander, Jeanne and Thomas discover that the island is unlike any place they've ever been. There is the Word Market, where Monsieur Henri visits the Poets' and Song-Writers' Corner to see if they have any rhymes for sweet and mom. At town hall, pairs of words are married by the mayor. And Jeanne sneaks off to the Vocabulary of Love Shop, where a woman whose husband has left her wants to buy "a word that will make him understand how hurt I am, a mighty word that will make him ashamed."

Original title: La grammaire est une chanson douce
Original languages: French


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

Edition #1: Grammar Is a Sweet, Gentle Song

Grammar Is a Sweet, Gentle Song (2004)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Moishe Black
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Grammar Is a Sweet, Gentle Song (April 2004)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: George Braziller
ISBN: 0807615315
Dimensions: 4.7 x 8.1 x 0.8
Pages: 120

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