Aunt Ant Leaves Through the Leaves: A Story with Homophones and Homonyms

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Learning about homophones and homonyms is laugh-out-loud fun in this retelling of "The Little Red Hen."

Monkey is making a banana cream pie but needs help. Aunt Ant is busy going to visit her niece. Bee has too many things to do; the next shipment of honey is due. Monkey yells himself hoarse until Horse arrives, but Horse neighs and says nay. Lucky for Monkey, the friends in by cleaning up banana peels and get some pie after all.

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Overview

Learning about homophones and homonyms is laugh-out-loud fun in this retelling of "The Little Red Hen."

Monkey is making a banana cream pie but needs help. Aunt Ant is busy going to visit her niece. Bee has too many things to do; the next shipment of honey is due. Monkey yells himself hoarse until Horse arrives, but Horse neighs and says nay. Lucky for Monkey, the friends in by cleaning up banana peels and get some pie after all.

Rendered in oil pastels on brown paper and executed with bold planes of color, pattern, and contrast, the illustrations in this book are bright and full of energy . . . just like Monkey himself!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Coffelt creates a clever version of The Little Red Hen to serve as an introduction to homophones (two/ too, here/hear) and homonyms (leaves/leaves, break/break). Monkey needs to get a load of bananas home to bake some banana cream pies. He wonders aloud how he will do it since tractors are not allowed on the road. He seeks the aid of the animals he meets but all have an excuse. Aunt Ant is off to meet her new niece, bear does not want to get fir sap on his fur, deer won't be a dear, and horse neighs nay. Poor little monkey must do it all by himself and succeeds in baking delicious pies. When he needs assistance removing the peels from the porch, the animals are all now very eager to help. After working for hours they request a "pie that is ours." Each gets a piece of pie and goes home in peace. What fun! Warm pastels highlight the hapless monkey and his dilemma with story balloons carrying the text. Homophones and homonyms are emphasized in bold making then easy to identify. Teachers introducing this concept (usually in 2nd grade) will find this the perfect tool to engage students. After reading, kids will be busy making lists of words to challenge and stump their friends. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—In this retelling of "The Little Red Hen," a monkey asks his friends to help him get a load of bananas home to make a pie. Of course, they are all too busy, except for the worker ants, and they join him in eating the treat. When monkey asks for help cleaning up the piles of banana skins, the other animals are ready to help if they can be paid with a pie of their own. Bold cartoon illustrations on full-bleed spreads are done in oil pastels and will grab readers' attention. The homophones and homonyms are plentiful and presented in bold type. Because the story is familiar to young readers, it should be easier for them to hear and remember all of the wordplay, e.g., "And we need some flour. It's over there beside the flower!" Some of the text strains a bit, for example, "Monkey says, "Bee, Hi! Be a friend and help me. This pile's too high!" But children will enjoy the lesson if they can appreciate the silliness and may begin to use homonyms and homophones on their own for the pure fun of it. This is an excellent choice for language-arts classes as well as a comical read-aloud to pair with various versions of "The Little Red Hen."—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
Kirkus Reviews
Coffelt masterfully weaves a lesson in words around a familiar "Little Red Hen" moral, making this one entertaining teaching tool. Monkey needs help transporting his bananas home so he can make banana cream pie. But Ant is a new aunt anxious to see her niece, Bee has too much to do, with a honey shipment due, and Bear must wash the fir sap off his fur. Gnu, Ewe, Horse and Deer also find more pressing matters, and each leaves through the leaves without helping. Just when Monkey is about to do it all himself, Ant comes back to pitch in. They make the pies and share the tasty results. Predictably, the other animals want some pie, too, but Monkey only provides after they all help in the cleaning up. The five homonym pairs and 29 homophone combinations are bolded within the text, making them easy to spot. Coffelt keeps her textured oil pastel illustrations simple, so as not to detract from the wordplay, but what they may lack in detail they more than make up in rich, vibrant color and visual humor. Aunt Ant directs her little army from underneath a purple foreman's cap. Backmatter defines homophones and homonyms and addresses the regional pronunciations that can affect whether or not two words sound the same. Fun on many levels, this has a sure spot in classrooms and storytimes as fable, grammar lesson and wordplay all rolled into one. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823423538
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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