Friday, September 27, 2013

Fall Reading 2013 Life Is a Bowl of Cherries and Birds of a Feather

Both of these books were written by Vanita Oelschlager. 

Life Is a Bowl of Cherries:
Idioms sometimes sound very strange. Some of them we say all the time because we have heard other people say them, but we have no idea what they mean. In this book, idioms that mention food have been gathered together. Each one is illustrated in a way that will make you laugh. For instance, "Flat as a pancake" shows a pancake singing in a flat voice and the toast is saying, "Somebody pour some syrup on him!" In the lower corner of the page an explanation of the idiom is given and it is used in a sample sentence. This is a good book for readers who enjoy learning how language works, or for readers who are looking for a laugh or two.

Elementary school teachers could easily use this in a lesson on idioms. It might inspire students to come up with their own illustrations for favorite idioms.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.


Birds of a Feather:
Figures of speech can be hard to explain, but it won't be hard for these idioms to make you laugh. Each one is illustrated in a way that shows what it means in a literal sense. The goose driving over very bumpy ground (goosebumps) or a child with an umbrella walking along as cats and hot dogs fall from the sky (raining cats and dogs) are just two examples of what someone might imagine the idioms mean. To help readers understand what the idioms really mean, there is an explanation in the lower corner of each illustration. The phrase is also used in a sample sentence.

Whether you are a reader who enjoys playing with words and discovering new things about language, or a reader looking for an amusing book - you will enjoy Birds of a Feather. This would be very useful for a language arts lesson on idioms and teachers might even ask their students to illustrate other idioms and create a class book.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. The author's website has more information about her and her other books.

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