My Momma Likes to Say

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From the author of Buzzy the Bumblebee comes a child's hilarious visual interpretation of such parental idioms and witticisms as "Hold your horses;" "Money doesn't grow on trees;" and "I have eyes in the back of my head." "Cat got your toungue?" My momma likes to say. I'm not sure what she means but I like it anyway. My cat has never tried to take my tongue away. But if he did, he'd find that it can stretch a long, long way.

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Overview

From the author of Buzzy the Bumblebee comes a child's hilarious visual interpretation of such parental idioms and witticisms as "Hold your horses;" "Money doesn't grow on trees;" and "I have eyes in the back of my head." "Cat got your toungue?" My momma likes to say. I'm not sure what she means but I like it anyway. My cat has never tried to take my tongue away. But if he did, he'd find that it can stretch a long, long way.

Picture Book - From the author of "Buzzy the Bumblebee" comes a child's hilarious visual interpretation of such parental proverbs and witticisms as "Hold your horses"; "Money doesn't grow on trees"; and "I have eyes in the back of my head."

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PreS-Gr 3-Brennan-Nelson introduces children to clich d expressions by setting them in a poetic format: "`When life hands you lemons, make lemonade,'/my momma likes to say./I'm not sure what she means/but I like it anyway." Each poem continues with a response to the saying: "If life gives me lemons/I'll squeeze them good and hard./Then add some sugar, stir it up/and sell it from our yard." Many of the rhymes do not scan well. In small type, the idioms are further explained with questions, followed by trivia, historical information, and, in the case of the lemon quote, a recipe for lemonade. Some of these entries are choppy and filled with non sequiturs, while others are quite interesting. Donovan's color illustrations are uneven-"Sleep tight. Don't let the bed bugs bite" shows three adorable creatures happily snoozing alongside the boy narrator, but the spreads for "Cat got your tongue?" and "I have eyes in the back of my head" are disturbing to look at. One page invites children to "write the things your momma says to you." For books on idioms, libraries would do better to get another copy of Marvin Terban's In a Pickle and Other Funny Idioms (Clarion, 1983) or Loreen Leedy and Pat Street's There's a Frog in My Throat (Holiday, 2003).-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585361069
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: Likes to Say
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 344,695
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: AD830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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  • Posted November 8, 2008

    Denise Brennn-Nelson and Jane Monroe Donovan have created a classic treasure with My Monna Likes To Say!!!

    As an educator this book makes a wonderful addition to my English Language Learner collection. ELL's have difficulty learning English Idioms and this book has made it a breeze. Now when someone says that it's raining cats and dogs they're not looking for actual cats and dogs.<BR/>My teaching heart sings when I see the definitions and higher level thinking questions on every page after the story line.<BR/>As a parent I loved watching my daughter's face light up when we read the introductory line, "You're the apple of my eye," and she said, "Mom you always say that to me, and now I know what it means!!" It's great, fantastic, Marvelous!!!!

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