Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist, former teacher, current caregiver, author and poet. A graduate of Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, she now serves as a Trustee of her alma mater and as Writer in Residence for the Literacy Program at The University of Akron. Vanita and her husband Jim were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in 2006. She was the Congressional Angels in Adoption award recipient for the State of Ohio in 2007 and was named National Volunteer of the Year by the MS Society in 2008. Vanita was also honored in 2009 as the Woman Philanthropist of the Year by the Summit County Chapter of the United Way.
Birds of a Featherby Vanita Oelschlager, Robin Hegan (Illustrator)
Children are innately curious about words, especially phrases that make them laugh ("Ants in your pants!"), sound silly ("Barking up the wrong tree" or "Goosebumps") or trigger images that tickle a child's sense of the absurd ("Like a bull in a china shop"). Birds of a Feather introduces children to the magic of idioms words that separately have one meaning, but
Children are innately curious about words, especially phrases that make them laugh ("Ants in your pants!"), sound silly ("Barking up the wrong tree" or "Goosebumps") or trigger images that tickle a child's sense of the absurd ("Like a bull in a china shop"). Birds of a Feather introduces children to the magic of idioms words that separately have one meaning, but together take on something entirely different. Birds of a Feather introduces idioms with outlandish illustrations of what the words describe literally. The reader then has to guess the "real" meaning of the phrases (which is upside down in the corner of each spread). At the end of the book, the reader is invited to learn more about these figures of speech.
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- 4 - 8 Years
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Birds of a Feather, a book of idioms and silly pictures written by Vanita Oeschlager and illustrated by Robin Hegan is a children's book for ages four to eight. I gave it four stars. The illustrations are colorful & charming. The descriptions are accurate & informative. I got "Goosebumps" reading it. I recommend it for beginning readers, parents, grandparents, teachers & librarians. I received a complimentary copy from VanitaBooks, LLC and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.
From the first illustration to the last one, my six year old giggled like mad. She couldn't quite grasp the concept of idioms, so we went slowly over each page, asking her to try to guess what it meant, and providing practical examples. When we got to the end, she insisted we go over it again. So its safe to say from a kid's point of view, this book rates very highly. I thought the concept of a way to get a child to understand idioms was great, the illustrations were awesome, and the kid appeal cannot be under-estimated. I did not like how small the print was when you flipped the book to read what the idiom really meant, and feel like some of the explanation on idioms that you find at the back of the book could have been better spaced throughout or at the front of the book. Even after we went over the pages twice, my child still hadn't comprehended what an idiom really was, so I feel like it while it was definitely cute, the educational aspect wasn't as well done as it could have been. However, I'm a fan of education kids books that make a child laugh, and Vanita Oelschlager does great work overall, so I can't say that I'm too disappointed in this one. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
When I was teaching English as a Second Language students, we always did a unit on idioms. They loved to be able to draw the literal meaning of the expressions, then draw what they really meant to North Americans. English is such a colourful language and that is how Vanita showed it in this book. The illustrations are vibrant, fun and just plain amazing. I loved that she not only illustrated the literal meaning of the expression, but explained the actual meaning. An amazing book that every library should have a few copies of.
I think this book is fantastic! It introduces idioms in a fun and colorful way. Many children hear family and friends make these statements so this helps them become familiar and learn some they may not know. Beautiful illustrations included!
I liked this book I read it to my daughter very fun and educational
My students will love this book! They’re always looking for clever sayings especially the 2nd-4th graders that I sub for. As a teacher, I try to insert some interesting news or fun stories that I have heard into my day when I am teaching, so that when they leave for the day they have something to share with their parents/guardians. I remember asking my own children what they had learned at the end of the day of the school day and frequently hearing “nothing,” if I can give the students just something for them to remember at the end of the day, I feel that have been successful. This book is something fun and educational, that I think the students will remember. To add an idiom or two to their vocabulary would be terrific. I realize that they might have heard some of these idioms before but I don’t think they have heard all of their meanings or how to use them. This book could be reread as the students learn different idioms, review what they know or learn more facts about the idioms they know. The illustrations are fun and colorful and show the idiom is a comical way. The idiom is written in big bold lettering across the page so this makes a great picture book. If you turn the book upside down, in smaller print on each page, the idiom is explained and it is used in a sentence. My favorites were barking up the wrong tree, a wild goose chase, hogwash and let the cat out of the bag. What a great resource. Thank you NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book.