Bold, bright acrylics fill the pages of this book and help illustrate words that mean the same or almost the same things. After explaining the meaning of the term, colorful words and supportive illustrations convey the meaning in a series of simple sentences. Polar bears playing on the ice describe the cold conditions as cool, chilly, frosty, icy, wintry or freezing. Synonyms as verbs are illustrated in a windblown landscape in which the wind is said to sweep, flutter, or sail. Adjectives describe a desert as arid or dry. 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. In primary grades this book would make a very handy "first" thesaurus.
Michael Dahl is the prolific author of the bestselling Goodnight Baseball picture book and more than 200 other books for children and young adults. He has won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award three times for his nonfiction, a Teacher's Choice award from Learning magazine, and a Seal of Excellence from the Creative Child Awards. And he has won awards for his board books for the earliest learners, Duck Goes Potty and Bear Says "Thank You!" Dahl has written and edited numerous graphic novels for younger readers, authored the Library of Doom adventure series, the Dragonblood books, Trollhunters, and the Hocus Pocus Hotel mystery/comedy series. Dahl has spoken at schools, libraries, and conferences across the US and the UK, including ALA, AASL, IRA, and Renaissance Learning. He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota in a haunted house.
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.