Children are innately curious about words, especially phrases that make them laugh (""Ants in your pants!""), sound silly (""Barking up the wrong tree"" or ""Goosebumps"") or trigger images that tickle a child's sense of the absurd (""Like a bull in a china shop""). Birds of a Feather introduces children to the magic of idioms words that separately have one meaning, but together take on something entirely different. Birds of a Feather introduces idioms with outlandish illustrations of what the words describe literally. The reader then has to guess the ""real"" meaning of the phrases (which is upside down in the corner of each spread). At the end of the book, the reader is invited to learn more about these figures of speech.
|Product dimensions:||8.70(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist,
former teacher, current caregiver, author, and poet. She is a
graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she
currently serves as a Trustee. Vanita is also Writer In Residence
for the Literacy Program at The University of Akron.
Her first book, My Grampy Can't Walk, was widely praised. It's
an uplifting story about the wonderful relationship between her
husband Jim, who has multiple sclerosis, and their grandchildren. Vanita has also supported Jim as he built Oak ssociates, ltd. into a highly respected investment management firm.
Robin Hegan has many artistic talents, but enjoys illustrating children's books the most. She is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Integrative Arts. Robin resides
in Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters. In addition to Birds of a Feather, Robin's illustrations can also be seen in Mother Goose Other Goose, My Grampy Can't Walk and The Lizard House Adventure.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Birds of a Feather is a cute introduction for children on Idioms. Each page has one idiom in bold letters with an adorable illustration to show the idiom. When you flip the book over, the explanation for the idiom is in small letters with a sentence including the idiom to explain further. The author has a wonderful explanation at the back of the book called “What are Idioms” with an illustration and the history of that one particular idiom. Although I found this book totally adorable with its illustrations, I wish it would have had just a little more. The history that the author did for the one featured idiom at the back of the book was informative and interesting. I wish we would have gotten more information for the other idioms featured in the book. Also, I had an issue with the extremely small print and having to flip the book. The arc I received was in digital format, so possibly the book format print is not as small. For young children, this book is cute and fun and they will probably get a good laugh at it, for the slightly older child they may need a little more as I mentioned above.
Title: Birds of a Feather A Book of Idioms and Silly Pictures Author: Vanita Oelschlager Illustrator: Robin Hegan Publisher: Vanita Books, LLC Published: 5-1-2014 ISBN: 9780980016284 Pages: 32 Genre: Children's Fiction Tags: Language, Cultures Overall Rating: Excellent Reviewed For: NetGalley Reviewer: DelAnne This is a book of unusual words and idioms (expressive sayings) found in the English language, usually in America. This book is written for readers ages 5 to 8, but I well beyond that age range and found it very informative. Although I had heard all these before, but I had forgotten some and wondered about some of the others. Meanings behind the phrases or words. Along with illustrations that depict the meanings beautifully. This is a great book to share and discuss with young readers. Perhaps you could share some of the sayings not listed in the book the you grew up with. Pick up a copy soon to enjoy.
Birds of a Feather I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received. I loved the artwork in this book. They are silly and fun and done really well. Very cute!! Great way to teach idioms to children and the information in the back is very helpful. The kids laughed and laughed the pictures and the idioms and had a great time trying to figure things out. Loved it!!