Telling Tails: Fun with Homonyms

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This humorous, imaginative look at homonyms?words that sound the same but have different meanings?invites children to have fun with words that can be tricky to say, spell, and understand. Vibrant illustrations and witty text point out the absurd possibilities in selecting the wrong homonyms, such as a cake that needs flower instead of flour, or a person who is feeling a little horse today. A reference at the end of the book helps children solidify the difference between sets of words that sound ...

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Overview

This humorous, imaginative look at homonyms—words that sound the same but have different meanings—invites children to have fun with words that can be tricky to say, spell, and understand. Vibrant illustrations and witty text point out the absurd possibilities in selecting the wrong homonyms, such as a cake that needs flower instead of flour, or a person who is feeling a little horse today. A reference at the end of the book helps children solidify the difference between sets of words that sound exactly alike.

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Editorial Reviews

Learning Magazine
A funny and imaginative look at homonyms. . . the richly textured artwork encourages children to discover what the homonyms actually mean.
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
A springboard to imaginative drawings of our own...useful for all children fascinated by English language and its silly sayings.
Toy Tips Magazine
Homonyms are explained with text and creative illustrations.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
It is not until the end of the book that readers find out what a homonym is "…a word that sounds the same as another word but has a different meaning." The expressions that are illustrated in the book are reprised on the closing pages to explain what the words mean by using illustrations—a sort of rebus approach. Some words do not really sound alike such as desert and dessert, so in my opinion that is a bad example. A good example is tale (a story) and tail (a part of an animal body). The books in this series "Milet Wordwise" presume that the reader has some understanding of language or the reader would be totally lost. Children, teachers, and parents will find this book amusing, especially the illustrations, and it is an easy way to explain homonyms, but I would strongly recommend providing the definition of what a homonym is first. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2 - With offbeat collages and paintings coupled with oversize fonts and simple layouts, these offerings introduce parts of speech. The images in the first title are somewhat more abstract than those in the two other books. For example, the illustration for "We don't have a plan. We'll play it by ear" depicts a car traversing a road shaped like a face. The clearer (though smaller) pictures in Catherine Snodgrass's Super Silly Sayings That Are over Your Head(Starfish, 2004) may make that title a preferred alternative to this one. Bullfroginquires whether a "watchdog" is a "a dog with a watch" and shows a hound wearing a clock around his neck. In Tails, the phrase "I'm washing my hare" is coupled with an illustration of a smiling child cleansing a puzzled-looking rabbit in a bathtub. The humor here is similar to that in Fred Gwynne's A Little Pigeon Toad(S & S, 1988), but the sentence choices and artwork have more appeal for young children. Each book closes with a succinct definition of the part of speech under examination and clearly explains the examples in the previous pages. Solid additions.-Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840594980
  • Publisher: Milet Publishing,Ltd.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: Milet Wordwise series
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 798,444
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Hambleton is the author and illustrator of I'm Afraid Too!, Welcome to the Lizard Lounge, Chameleon Swims, and Chameleon Races, the coauthor of Monkey Business and Strawberry Bullfrog, and the illustrator of How Bees Be, English with Abby and ZakFrench with Abby and Zak, and Ece ve Efe ile Türkçe. Sedat Turhan is the creator of the Milet Picture Dictionary, Milet Mini Picture Dictionary, and the Milet Flashwords series and is the founding director of Milet. He lives in Chicago.

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