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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: 9/28/2007
  • Series: Words Are Categorical Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 197,134
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: AD880L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian P. Cleary is the creator of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical™ series, now a 13-volume set with more than 2 million copies in print. He is also the author of the Math Is CATegorical™ series and the single titles Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry, Rhyme and PUNishment: Adventures in Wordplay, Eight Wild Nights: A Family Hanukkah Tale, Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes: A Very Silly Alphabet Book and The Laugh Stand: Adventures in Humor. Mr. Cleary lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Brian Gable is the illustrator of several Words Are CATegorical™ books, as well as the Make Me Laugh joke books and the Math Is CATegorical™ series. Mr. Gable lives in Toronto, Canada, where he also works as a political cartoonist for the Globe and Mail newspaper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Highly Recommended - Especially for relunctant readers!

    I ordered several of the Brain Cleary books for my grandkids and they love them!! The writting and illusrations are funny - very kid friendly The kids find these books fun to read (so they don't mind "extra" reading) and they are learning new words, new phrases, new meanings all at the same time. I keep them on a table beside the couch and alot of times they will pick these books up and be reading while watching TV!

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