Madam and Nun and 1001: What Is a Palindrome?

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Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Word fun abounds in this book from the "Words are Categorical" series. Readers learn about palindromes that are words, numbers, and phrases that read the same forward and backward. The rhyming text works well to keep the readers reading. Cartoon-like, silly illustrations that show animals as the main characters add to the fun. Gag, refer, level, race car, and nun are a few of the palindromes highlighted. More challenging palindromes are rotavator, tenet, Toyota, and "Was it a cat I saw?" Some Portuguese, Greek, Finnish, French, and Spanish are also featured. A satisfying ending lets readers know that if they make up a palindrome they can yell yay! This book will increase understanding of palindromes and language in general. It will be an asset to English lessons and a jumping off point for students to work with a dictionary and everyday language to come up with as many palindromes as possible. All the books in this the series are sure to make literature lessons interesting. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
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A small bounty of palindromes, all stoked and ready to go. Cleary gives young readers a tangy, rhymed introduction to palindromes that runs the gamut from mom and dad to wow and bob, then gathers sophistication with tenet and kayak and rotavator, then gets down and dirty with saippuakivikauppias, which is, as you know, Finnish for soapstone cutter. Gable's artwork keeps the survey moving at warp speed, full of big-nosed pointy-eared pug-toed creatures, which feel a happy match with Cleary's simple verse and the palindromes. They are not always immediately apparent, especially when they are fractured. "No lemons no melon," a sign says outside the food shop. "Was it a cat I saw?" And there is a terrific five-word, up-down-and-across, crosswordlike item with words like sator, arepo and opera. There's a couple of turkeys, too, such as "bosses sob." Cleary makes the good point that fashioning palindromes with a friend can be fun, like designing a secret language. Gable adds the smart idea of using a Scrabble set to move the letters around. A provocation to wordplay. (Picture book. 6-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761349198
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,503,032
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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