Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries show children the magic of idioms – words that separately have one meaning, but together take on something entirely different.
Children are curious about words, especially phrases that make them laugh (“Couch potato!”), sound silly (“Eat your words”) or trigger images that tickle a child’s sense of the absurd (“Pie in the sky”).
Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries uses 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.
Our first book of idioms, Birds of a Feather (2009), dealt with birds, insects or animals. Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries uses food idioms. Both are fun – and instructive!
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist, former teacher, current caregiver, author and poet. A graduate of Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, she now serves as a Trustee of her alma mater and as Writer in Residence for the Literacy Program at The University of Akron. Vanita and her husband Jim were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in 2006. She was the Congressional Angels in Adoption award recipient for the State of Ohio in 2007 and was named National Volunteer of the Year by the MS Society in 2008. Vanita was also honored in 2009 as the Woman Philanthropist of the Year by the Summit County Chapter of the United Way.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Life Is a Bowl Full of Cherries I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received. I have really enjoyed Vanita Oelschlager's books. The first one that I read was her first idiom book, Birds of a Feather. It was a lot of fun and had some great artistry. I love idioms and find them so much fun to use with children, so when I saw that this one was available as well - a book on food idioms - I grabbed it up. To make the book even better, Robin Hegan has added in some cute and funny illustrations to go with each one. The kids laughed and laughed at this one and had a lot of fun trying to figure out what was really meant by them. They also took time to try to draw their own pictures for some of the other idioms we discussed. A great teaching aid for young children.
This book is about idioms, you know, those little phrases that are so common in out language now days. Children will learn phrases like "packed like sardines" or "couch potato". I recommend this book for children between the ages of 4 and 6. Its not very long and the drawing are very amusing, which is important for young children. The book could have been a little longer, but other than that it was good. Rating 3.5 out of 5 Read@Book