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Six Sheep Sip Thick Shakes: And Other Tricky Tongue Twisters

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Time for tricky tongue twisters? Try these! She let the sheik sleep on the sleek sheet. Fred frowned and fled frantically when he found the flounder in his bed. Get ready to take on these and many more mouth manglers in this madcap book! How many can you say three times fast?

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Overview

Time for tricky tongue twisters? Try these! She let the sheik sleep on the sleek sheet. Fred frowned and fled frantically when he found the flounder in his bed. Get ready to take on these and many more mouth manglers in this madcap book! How many can you say three times fast?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This high-energy collection of pleasantly rhythmic tongue twisters features a screwball cast of cartoon animals rendered in digital collages. Characters include a long-eared, lovestruck dog ("Miss Tish made a quick list of/ those she'd kissed quickest") and a pair of hungry bears excitedly awaiting their meal at a restaurant. "Few knew that Mr. Froo flew in the/ fleshy, freshly fried fish from Florida." An appended guide provides tips for creating effective tongue twisters--something readers are likely to try out once they master the satisfying sounds of these silly, slippery, serpentine selections. Ages 5–10. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Marcie Flinchum Atkins
Want a book that is hard to read aloud, but will have everyone in stitches? This is the one. Cleary has always been the grammar king, making grammar accessible and fun with this series about the parts of speech. This book is full of different tongue twisters that not only twist the tongue, but actually mean something. It is not just a bunch of alliterative words thrown together. They are crafted to have a meaning. Teachers could use this book for grammar, alliteration, consonance, assonance, rhyming words and more. The back of the book explains how to create your own tongue twister, including the letter combinations that can be particularly difficult to pronounce. The illustrations are bright and exaggerated, playing up the silliness of this book. Since the book also has words that readers may not be familiar with, the illustrations actually help the reader figure out what the tongue twister means. This is a fun read for all ages. Reviewer: Marcie Flinchum Atkins
Kirkus Reviews - Kikus Reviews

Readers who take this on should prepare their tongues for a wicked tangling...and their stomach muscles for a workout. A quick look at some of Cleary's sentences can be deceiving—seemingly simple syllables are truly tongue twisting when read aloud: "The water in Flo's Inn flows in frozen." Others, however, look tricky right from the start: "Few knew that Mr. Froo flew in the fleshy, freshly fried fish from Florida." From the silly and ridiculous to the everyday, this tongue-twister collection covers a wide variety of topics. Ever the educator, the author's backmatter includes some great tips for creating tongue twisters, breaking down for readers just what makes them so difficult to say. Mack's brightly colored madcap cartoon illustrations match the tongue-in-cheek humor of the text. "The ghostly moans were mostly groans" pictures a child ghost wildly protesting having to rake the leaves while his unimpressed father stands by, arms crossed. And it's tough to beat the silliness of slightly cross-eyed and buck-toothed men in sandals and togas playing basketball: "See the Greek geeks as they shoot three free throws." Not for the faint of heart; tongues should really be limbered up before tackling these. (Picture book. 5-10)

Kirkus Reviews

Readers who take this on should prepare their tongues for a wicked tangling...and their stomach muscles for a workout. A quick look at some of Cleary's sentences can be deceiving—seemingly simple syllables are truly tongue twisting when read aloud: "The water in Flo's Inn flows in frozen." Others, however, look tricky right from the start: "Few knew that Mr. Froo flew in the fleshy, freshly fried fish from Florida." From the silly and ridiculous to the everyday, this tongue-twister collection covers a wide variety of topics. Ever the educator, the author's backmatter includes some great tips for creating tongue twisters, breaking down for readers just what makes them so difficult to say. Mack's brightly colored madcap cartoon illustrations match the tongue-in-cheek humor of the text. "The ghostly moans were mostly groans" pictures a child ghost wildly protesting having to rake the leaves while his unimpressed father stands by, arms crossed. And it's tough to beat the silliness of slightly cross-eyed and buck-toothed men in sandals and togas playing basketball: "See the Greek geeks as they shoot three free throws." Not for the faint of heart; tongues should really be limbered up before tackling these. (Picture book. 5-10)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580135856
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 969,689
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Mack has been drawing for as long as he can remember. His first lessons in art were taught to him by watching his grandfather do paint-by-numbers at the summer cottage. Later, he took every drawing class he could find at the local community center and spent every hour of math class sharpening his drawing skills. After graduating from college as a Visual Communications know-it-all, he instead turned from graphic design back to his roots as an illustrator. Steve started freelancing in the year 2000 and has had a steady climb upwards since that time. Steve has worked with major clients such as Target, Walgreens, Hallmark, Lerner Publishing, Sterling Publishing, Scholastic, Harcourt, Chronicle Books, and recently spent a year in Ohio working directly with American Greetings illustrating greeting cards. e now lives and illustrates on a small farm with his wife and two young children.

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

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    Tongues Tied Tightly - Can Yours?

    Six Sheep Sip Thick Shakes has enough tongue twisters to challenge kids and adults. This is not a story in the usual sense. The only connection between the pages is the ability to tie your tongue into knots. The illustrations playfully express the words on the page, but will not help you read them aloud. These are truly trying twisters for your tongue. Kids will enjoy the entertainingly silly sentences that will have them "giggling, groaning and guffawing" as they (try to) read each aloud.

    This unusual book is bound to break up a boring afternoon, add laughter to your day, and have you and your child writing your own tongue twisters after reading Mr. Cleary's instructions, at the end of the book. If six sheep sipping thick shakes does not trip you up, just wait, there might be "two-ton trains transporting twelve three-toed turtles twist trickily on the twin tracks" waiting to trip your tongue and tie it into knots.


    Note: received galley from Net Galley, courtesy of the publisher

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