Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones

Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones

by Gene Barretta


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Clever Aunt Ant has just moved to the zoo. Speaking in homophones, she describes the quirky animal behavior she sees. There's the MOOSE who loved MOUSSE and ATE EIGHT bowls, and the WHALE who was ALLOWED to WAIL ALOUD—and that's just for starters.

This playful picture book introduces children to the richness of language through the concept of homophones. A romp through the zoo has never been so eye-opening.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312628994
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 07/20/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 180,262
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Gene Barretta is the author and illustrator of Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin and Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci. He holds a B.F.A. in Film Studies from New York University, and has worked for many years in film and television production. He lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, with his wife and son.

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Dear Deer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
elle0467 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
great for grades 5-8 to illustrate the homophones.
meotoole on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a WONDERFUL book to use to teach about homophones! It can lead to great activities and student interaction.
EmilyBush on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm in love with this book! The pictures are wonderful. It is very beneficial in teaching homophones to children. It's funny and engaging. A teacher couldn't ask for a better example of a book to teach students with. It is an amazing aid.
jacale19 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this is a great book deals with the difference in words that sound the same but are spelled differently. I would really love to use this with my ESL students to teach them the difference in words.
fvalle89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was well written, the illustrations were great and it could be used as a lesson on homophones for students. I'm thinking if I were to read this to students they could make their own homophone class book or create their own homophone pieces of writing.
kmacneill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good for reluctant readers. This book uses a lot of playful language in a letter format. The Aunt Ant is writing a letter to her nephew (Dear Deer) and she appears on every page. Homophones are demonstrated in bold letters. A note to the reader helps students learn what a homophone is. This would be a great spring board for teaching homophones and having students try to come up with a list of their own homophones.
carriedold on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book about homophones, include it in the classroom.
mcallistera826 More than 1 year ago
As a teacher I am always looking for books that engage my at-risk readers, but also teach them the course material at hand. I have found the perfect controlled vocabulary book for the task. The book Dear Deer, by Gene Barretta engages the reader as well as teaches them the core homophone pairs. As a child I always struggled with homophones, and even yet today I find myself saying "okay which one is it". This book slips in homophones without making the plot seemed pushed or too over the top. Deer, one of the main characters is writing a letter to his Aunt Ant. Deer is inquiring on how life is going for her as well as explaining his journey through life as well. Here is an excerpt from the book: "The Moose loves Mousse. He Ate Eight bowls." This is just one example of the silly lines within the book. I can see kids really get to giggling and laughing about some of the things Deer and Ant describe. The illustrations are wonderful as well. I would recommend this for grades 2nd through 5th. The humor is a little abstract for younger kids and it's a perfect pair for grammar lessons during writing. Take a read and I hope you enjoy!