Bold, bright acrylics fill the pages of this book and help illustrate the difference between a homonym and a homophone. After explaining the meaning of the term, colorful words and supportive illustrations convey the meaning in a series of simple sentences. A dog floating down a tree-lined river in a boat describes the homonym, "you could bark at the bark while you coast down the coast". A scene in which a bee is swatted by a shoe describes the homophone is this way: " He waved his shoe to shoo away the pesky bug". Complete with a Fun With section with sample activities to extend the text as well as a glossary and index this would be a useful addition to a classroom library or it may be a supplemental tool to use with children learning English as a second language.
Nancy Loewen writes fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. Recent awards include: 2012 Minnesota Book Awards finalist (The LAST Day of Kindergarten); 2011 Bank Street's Best Children's Books of the Year (Share a Scare: Writing Your Own Scary Story); 2011 Book of Note, Tri-State Young Adult Review Committee (Stubborn as a Mule and Other Silly Similes); and 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (Writer's Toolbox Series). She's also received awards from The American Library Association, the New York Public Library, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and the Society of School Librarians International. Nancy holds an MFA in creative writing from Hamline University, St. Paul. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two teenage children.
Sara Gray graduated with a BFA in illustration and design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She has worked as a freelance illustrator for Picture Window Books, Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, and Minnesota Parent Magazine.
The Word Fun series that Sara worked on with Picture Window Books won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award and the American Graphic Design Award.
Sara currently works at Manhattan Toy Company as a product designer for Manhattan Toy's doll, plush, and puppet lines. Her illustrations also appear on Manhattan Toy's packaging for their Cirque du Soleil product line.