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.
- Holiday House, Inc.
- Publication date:
- Product dimensions:
- 11.10(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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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.