Out of the Blue shows 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 (“Tickled Pink”), sound silly (“Shrinking Violet”) or trigger images that tickle a child’s sense of the absurd (“A Red Letter Day”).
Out of the Blue uses outlandish illustrations of what the words describe literally. The reader then has to guess the “real” meaning of the phrases (which are upside down in the corners 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. Our second, Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries (2011) uses food idioms. Out of the Blue uses color idioms. All three are fun – and instructive.
|Product dimensions:||8.30(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 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. She and her husband Jim received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in 2006. She won the Congressional ‘Angels in Adoption’ Award for the state of Ohio in 2007 and was named National Volunteer of the Year by the MS society in 2008. She was honored as 2009 Woman Philanthropist of the Year by the Summit County United Way. In May 2011, Vanita received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from University of Mount Union.
Prior to her publishing and writing career, Vanita taught school for 19 years and then helped her husband with his company, Oak Associates. Mother of two daughters, stepmother to a son and daughter, she is grandmother to seven.
Robin Hegan is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Integrative Arts. Her illustrations can be seen in Birds of a Feather, Mother Goose Other Goose, My Grampy Can’t Walk, and The Lizard House Adventure. Hegan lives in Pennsylvania with her family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Out of the Blue: A book of color idioms and silly pictures by Vanita Oelschlager Have you ever wondered about those idioms you have read as a child would see them? Well here is your book, Idioms in the literal mind of a child. It is a laugh and a giggle, and a moment to teach, great for any classroom, to show how the power of words changes things.
Another great book about idioms. These ones all have colour in the expressions. When I was teaching English as a Second Language students, we always did a unit on idioms. They loved to be able to draw the literal meaning of the expressions, then draw what they really meant to North Americans. English is such a colourful language and that is how Vanita showed it in this book. The illustrations are vibrant, fun and just plain amazing. I loved that she not only illustrated the literal meaning of the expression, but explained the actual meaning. An amazing book that every library should have a few copies of for teacher and student use. I received a copy in exchange for providing an honest review.
The title says it all - this book shows funny pictures to illustrate idioms, explains their meanings and cites an example of a sentence in which the idiom is used. Whilst enjoyable in its own right and something children may well like to have for their own use, this book could prove invaluable for teachers trying to explain idioms to their pupils. The only word of caution I would issue is to those who teach in the UK or other places using English rather than American English as some of the spellings are different (especially colour v color). I wish the explanations were the same way round as the rest of the book and in a larger font to make them easier to read and access. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This fun book will get your kids learning and laughing at the same time. The author uses such idioms and "tickled pink," "green with envy" and "red tape" (all idioms are associated with colours) to explain the meanings. The colourful illustrations depict what the words mean literally and should generate a good laugh or two from the reader. The "real" meaning of the phrase is featured upside down in the corner of each spread for your understanding and information. The last page gives further explanations about idioms. This would be a great addition to a classroom or for home schooling. Oelschlager's first book , "Birds of a Feather" (2009), dealt with birds, insects or animals. Her second book, "Life is in a Bowl Full of Cherries (2011) uses food idioms. I "had a blast" reviewing this book. It's always good to look at idioms through a "fresh pair of eyes." Although the book was not "rocket science" it was a "barrel of laughs" to read and share aloud.
Out of the Blue: A Book of Color Idioms and Silly Pictures by Vanita Oelschlager ISBN: 9780983290421 Illustrated and very colorful children's book about color. One side of the page will show the animal in a normal situation. The other side shows the same animal showing them as an emotion that depicts a color. This can also be used, some pages as a counting tool. Very silly, just right for bedtime.