Stroll and Walk, Babble and Talk: More about Synonymsby Brian P. Cleary, Brian Gable
What is a synonym? It's hard to explain but easy to showand that's just what this book does, in rhyming, comical verse that will have readers giggling as they learn. Cartoon cats guide readers through the tricks of words that are practically, nearly the same in this lighthearted celebration of language. See more details below
What is a synonym? It's hard to explain but easy to showand that's just what this book does, in rhyming, comical verse that will have readers giggling as they learn. Cartoon cats guide readers through the tricks of words that are practically, nearly the same in this lighthearted celebration of language.
The latest in the popular Words are Categorical series expands upon the previous Pitch and Throw, Grasp and Know: What Is a Synonym? (2005). While the first explained that synonyms help writers to be more exact and less repetitious, this title emphasizes the larger number of words writers can choose from if they use synonyms: "So pick among difficult, hard, or demanding. / It needn't be frightening or scary. / Synonyms can help you to get or procure / a mighty big vocabulary." The multicolored synonyms easily stand out from the black text, while the illustrations provide the context clues readers need to discern their meanings. Gable's cast of cats will capture readers' attention as they zanily exemplify the synonyms. When combined with Cleary's verse (which rollicks and lumbers in equal measure), this makes an amusing read-aloud for school audiences. It's no wonder that teachers turn to this series�it's learning disguised as entertainment. (Informational picture book. 7-11)
Meet the Author
Brian P. Cleary is the creator of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical series, now a 13-volume set with more than 2 million copies in print. He is also the author of the Math Is CATegorical series and the single titles Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry, Rhyme and PUNishment: Adventures in Wordplay, Eight Wild Nights: A Family Hanukkah Tale, Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes: A Very Silly Alphabet Book and The Laugh Stand: Adventures in Humor. Mr. Cleary lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
Brian Gable is the illustrator of several Words Are CATegorical books, as well as the Make Me Laugh joke books and the Math Is CATegorical series. Mr. Gable lives in Toronto, Canada, where he also works as a political cartoonist for the Globe and Mail.
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