How Much Can a Bare Bear Bear?: What Are Homonyms and Homophones?

How Much Can a Bare Bear Bear?: What Are Homonyms and Homophones?

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by Brian P. Cleary, Brian Gable
     
 

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Rhyming text and illustrations present numerous examples of homonyms and homophones. Words Are CATegorical.See more details below

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Rhyming text and illustrations present numerous examples of homonyms and homophones. Words Are CATegorical.

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Children's Literature
A "Words Are Categorical" book, this title offers the young learner an entertaining grammar lesson on two not-so-simple concepts. Homonyms, or words that are spelled the same and pronounced the same but that have different meanings, are demonstrated in humorous rhymes with amusing illustrations. An example is: "A light may be light,/like a small paper kite./A trunk can be found/in a trunk." The highlighted words are illustrated in a circus scene where a hefty cat lifts a big spotlight in one arm and holds the string to a kite in the other, while a mother elephant discovers her baby (with trunk) in a trunk. And so the little vignettes continue with word games like "punch [the drink] cannot punch" and a "bowl cannot bowl." Homophones, or words that sound alike but are spelled differently and mean different things, are explained in a similar manner. Examples are: "A Sioux might not Sue/if he knew/that the gnu that he bought/wasn't new like you said." The illustration shows an Indian cat with contract, cat judge, and old gnu in tow. The cats angrily stand before the gnu salesman. And so the book continues with many such plays on words to coach the reader into understanding homonyms and homophones. Kids and adults alike should enjoy reading this one aloud and discovering the fun of grammar. 2005, Millbrook Press/Lerner Publishing Group, and Ages 7 to 9.
—Carol Raker Collins, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Through rhyming wordplay, Cleary explains two parts of speech that are often difficult to understand. First, he tackles homonyms: "`May I sail with you in May/and coast all along the coast?'/These words are a blast/if you say them quite fast,/like/`Why don't we toast/with some toast?'" Some examples of the homophones (Mary, merry, marry; Barry, bury, berry) may pose problems for regional dialects. Gable took ample advantage of the pairings to create zany cartoons that provide visual clues for readers. The grouping of each set of homophones and homonyms by color is also a helpful tool. Another fun and effective introduction to the world of grammar.-Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822567103
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Series:
Words Are Categorical Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
245,139
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.09(d)
Lexile:
AD880L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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