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The Kingfisher Book of Words: A-Z Guide to Quotations, Proverbs, Origins, Usage and Idioms

The Kingfisher Book of Words: A-Z Guide to Quotations, Proverbs, Origins, Usage and Idioms

by George Beal, Peter Stevenson (Illustrator)

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-- This potpourri of English language components has a discrepancy between what seems to be the intended audience and the appropriateness of the material for that age level. Different colored texts and individual alphabetical listings distinguish the five sections of linguistic samples written in large text amid expanses of white paper. Large cartoon illustrations are humorous but often have tongue-in-cheek or confusing connotations. In illustrating the ``origin of adder,'' a snake is shown contemplating the sum of one and one. A peculiar choice for children in ``Proverbs'' is ``Don't tell your grandmother to suck eggs,'' the definition being ``Don't tell experienced people how to do their jobs.'' Authors of ``Modern Quotations'' run the gamut from Winston Churchill to Phyllis Diller and offer some meanspirited thoughts like this one from Gore Vidal on ``success'': ``It's not enough to succeed. Others must fail.'' This section has inconsistent spacing between author's names and the text. The ``Roots'' section is the most detailed and useful but also points to the book's British origin by its inclusion of a ``short'' 200+ English to British derivative dictionary: a ``pacifier'' is a ``baby's dummy.'' There is no cumulative index of key words for traditional searching for particular idioms, proverbs, etc.-- Ellen J. Dibner, East School, Long Beach, NY

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Roaring Brook Press
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1st American ed
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9 Years

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