Antonyms, Synonyms, and Homonyms

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Children's Literature - Debbie Levy
A meek-looking alien in a baseball cap comes to earth and looks around. First he is inside his spaceship; then he is outside. He sits down with a human family for a meal: He is messy; they are neat. He comes upon a human baby—also known as an infant, newborn, tot, or child. He flies a plane over the plain. And so it goes as the curious alien moves through a world full of antonyms, synonyms, and homonyms. Introducing each of these grammatical concepts is a brief, clear definition. Although this is not a story book with a plot, the alien's explorations provide enough narrative interest to keep readers moving. Mixed media illustrations are cartoonlike and appealing, and a great variety of typefaces inject fun into the lists of words. The abundance of busy images and words on some of the two-page spreads will turn off some children, but others are likely to be attracted to the crazy-quilt approach to language concepts.
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Gr 2–5
An introduction to word relationships, illustrated with vibrant, mixed-media artwork. As the book opens, a large-eared, buck-toothed visitor lands on Earth. Each grammatical concept is then clearly defined and demonstrated by his antics as he explores the planet. For example, to clarify antonyms, the left-hand illustration shows him standing "high up" on a mountain, while the right side has him scuba diving "deep down" into the ocean. Three "Where's Waldo"-type spreads, which are packed with a colorful mishmash of collage images, invite readers to locate not only the alien, but also pertinent word pairings. Photo cutouts of a cat and a dog ("real animals") contrast with a delicate painting of a unicorn ("fantastic, mythological animal"); a pale pencil illustration (labeled with the synonyms "sketches, doodles, drawings") is set next to a bright watercolor picture of the alien enjoying a funny movie ("laugh, giggle, titter, chuckle"). Like the artwork, the variety of fonts used highlights the relationships between the words displayed. While the busy pages might overwhelm some youngsters, this book will find wide use in language-arts classrooms.
—Jayne DamronCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
The Rayevskys take a freewheeling approach to three of spoken language's quirky little features, crowding each spread with small demonstrative figures and tucking in a pair of extraterrestrial observers disguised in baggy street dress. Each of the three sections begins with a brief definition, then offers increasing numbers of complementary pairs with hand-lettered labels or, occasionally, lists ("Argue, Fight, Squabble, Quarrel, Complain, Dispute, Bicker"). The sequencing sometimes dissolves into a visual jumble, so that on the busiest pages some pairs ("Idol" and "Idle" for instance) are so far apart they're hard to match-still, the art's messy informality has an inviting look, and the examples are a challenging mix of concrete and abstract terms. Good practice for fledgling readers. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823418893
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

    Not enough!

    This book was just a very bare basic introduction to the subject matter. Mostly, a lot of splash and color with no substance. My 6 year old looked at it once and said "oh yeah, Grandma can YOU tell me more?" He never looked at it again.
    I can't recommend it.

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