A Cache of Jewels & Other Collective Nouns

A Cache of Jewels & Other Collective Nouns

by Ruth Heller
     
 

Highly informative and lushly�illustrated. An unbeatable combination for pleasure and learning. --Children�s Book Review Service The illustrations and the vocabulary will delight small eyes and ears. --School Library Journal

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Highly informative and lushly�illustrated. An unbeatable combination for pleasure and learning. --Children�s Book Review Service The illustrations and the vocabulary will delight small eyes and ears. --School Library Journal

Q&A - Ruth Heller - A Paperstar Profile

Ruth Heller - Profile How did you become interested in writing books for children? I loved reading to my own children, and when they started school, I became the P.T.A. library chairman. I was the one who got to pick and choose and spend a nice fat budget for the elementary school library. I feel as though I�ve been surrounded by children�s books for years. I suppose this and my strong art background are what prompted my trying to write. What is the biggest influence in your style of writing, and how has it changed since you first began? Hillaire Belloc, Gilbert and Sullivan, Edward Lear�I grew up reading all of them. I love their rhythm, and I loved reading Dr. Seuss to my children. No question, these were my influences. I think I�ve become wordier, not quite as minimal and succinct as I used to be. What made you decide to write a series on the parts of speech? Take a peek at the back end paper of the hardcover edition of A Cache of Jewels. You�ll see that I committed myself, in print, to writing a book for each part of speech. Here I am, ten years later, thankfully completing the very last book in this series. It will be published in 1998. Do you begin with the words or pictures when you are developing a book? How does the second part come together? The first step is to decide what I am going to say on each page. Then I can begin to visualize my illustrations. The words dictate what the illustration will be, but that still gives me many options. Sometimes the two come together easily, sometimes not. If not, I pursue new research material until something clicks. Did you learn anything new about the parts of speech while writing these books? I learned many things I had forgotten, and some new information and rules that I had never known. I also learned that the textbooks that I used for research were difficult to understand and somewhat boring, and that I am guilty of frequent misuse of the English language. How do you choose the images in your book? An art teacher once told me to fall in love with whatever I was drawing. So I choose images that I love: candy, ice cream, butterflies, sea creatures, carousels, jewels, etc.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In light verse and brightly colored pictures, Heller provides an introduction to a specialized part of speech, the collective noun. She lists and depicts more than 25, including such familiar terms as ``batch of bread'' and ``bunch of bananas,'' as well as more unusual phrases: ``gam of whales,'' ``muster of peacocks'' and ``parcel of penguins.'' The concept will stimulate the curiosity and imaginations of children with an ear for language. The illustrations, containing large, bold objects in simple yet striking compositions, ensure a visually inspiring exploration as well. Ages 4-8. (October)
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Bold, bright illustrations and playful rhymes introduce the particulars and peculiarities of the parts of speech in 10 inch-square books easy to hold up in front of a group as you sensitize youngsters to what makes good English. Ms Heller's similar Many Luscious Lollipops, Kites Sail High, and Merry-Go-Round target adjectives, verbs, and nouns, respectively.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
One of four books in the "World of Language" series, Heller informs and entertains as she teaches kids about the various parts of speech. This entry is about collective nouns-those words that represent groups of things. The illustrations are pure delight as readers meet a pride of lions, an army of ants, a bevy of beauties and plenty more. It's a great ways to help allay fears and to remove potential boredom from a grammar lesson. A good choice for any library and home too. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 ``A muster of peacocks,'' ``a kindle of kittens,'' and other familiar and unusual collective nouns form the text of Heller's book. Bright, richly-colored oil pencil and line drawings enliven each set of objects, and some are exceptionally life-likeone can practically hear the crunch of the crusty loaves of bread and smell the bananas. Each group of items is presented in rhyme, which is remarkably smooth and unforced until the last page, when an explanation of the concept of col lective nouns, more suited to simple prose, intrudes. While ``. . .Jewels'' can be used to help children learn about parts of speech, its principal charm lies in the illustrations and the vocabulary itself, which will delight small eyes and ears. Kathleen Brachmann, Highland Park Public Library, Ill.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780448400754
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
03/12/1991
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)

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