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Stroll and Walk, Babble and Talk: More about Synonyms

Overview

What is a synonym? It's hard to explain but easy to show—and 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.

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Overview

What is a synonym? It's hard to explain but easy to show—and 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
This book is one of many from the "Words are Categorical" series. All of the books in the series employ humor in order to teach children about specific parts of language. The delightful, rhyming text in this book focuses on synonyms. Through the course of the text, students learn that synonyms offer an alternative way to say something, perhaps in a clever or funny way, and that they can tell about the degree of things (warm, hot, steaming) or allow writers to produce more interesting tales. A variety of cats (from whom the series term "Categorical" is drawn) are depicted in many different ways. They include a cowboy, parents, older folks, business people, kids, a magician, a skier, choir members, and Pinocchio. Bright colors enhance the illustrations, and the synonyms themselves are written in different colors to set them apart in the text. This is a sure tool to add to a language arts curriculum for students in grades 2 through 5. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
Kirkus Reviews

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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580139380
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Series: Words Are Categorical Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 328,539
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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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