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You're Toast and Other Metaphors We Adore

You're Toast and Other Metaphors We Adore

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by Nancy Loewen, Donald Wu (Illustrator)

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Here's a BRIGHT IDEA: read this book. It's a PIECE OF CAKE. And trust us; no one will call you A TURKEY. For more metaphors, look inside.


Here's a BRIGHT IDEA: read this book. It's a PIECE OF CAKE. And trust us; no one will call you A TURKEY. For more metaphors, look inside.

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Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Etta and Cory are competing for the last piece of Grandma Greta's heavenly blueberry pie. They agree that her pie is out of this world with blueberries as fat as ping pong balls. Although Grandma offers to just cut the piece in half, the siblings decide to engage in a series of contests to win the whole thing. Cory beats Etta by a nose in a race. Cory then tells Etta that she is toast because she does not have a chance of winning against him. Grandma hides a spool of thread and tells the children whether they are hot or cold as they look for it. The children win two rounds each and then buckle down to make words from BLUEBERRY PIE. This ends in a tie, but Etta's face clouds over when they reenter the kitchen. Dad is just finishing the last bite of the last piece of pie. Humorous illustrations exaggerate the metaphors and sometimes show what they would look like if taken literally. Etta is shown with her head and arms extending from a piece of toast, for instance. Explanations and possible derivations of these figures of speech appear in inset boxes and other shapes. An activity page near the end invites readers to create pictures based on common metaphors and then ask friends to guess the metaphor. Includes a bibliography and an index. A fun introduction to these figures of speech. Part of the "Ways to Say It" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—After a one-page explanation of the specific type of figurative language, these books launch into a story. The figures of speech always appear in a font different from the rest of the text to make them distinct. On each spread, text boxes explain how the figurative language in the story works and provide interesting trivia or historical notes. For example, in Tongue Twisters, readers learn that all languages feature these tricky phrases, and that in sign language, they are called finger fumblers. Each book concludes with a suggested activity. The titles on similes and metaphors include some examples not always found in materials for children, and Clichés and Metaphors also discuss idioms. Although these stories are definitely teaching tools, the full-spread illustrations help to contribute characterization and humor and make the books useful as classroom read-alouds.

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Capstone Press
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Ways to Say It Series
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Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)
530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Nancy Loewen has published many books for kids. She’s a two-time Minnesota Book Award finalist (Four to the Pole and The LAST Day of Kindergarten) and the recipient of a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (Writer’s Toolbox series). She holds an MFA from Hamline University in St. Paul. Nancy has two children and lives near Minneapolis. To learn more, visit www. nancyloewen.com.

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You're Toast and Other Metaphors We Adore 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
rdgteacher1634 More than 1 year ago
This book erroneously states that metaphor and idiom are the same. They are NOT the same!! They are two separate parts of figurative language. I bought this book to teach my 4th graders a lesson on metaphor, but I simply cannot use the book because it presents false information. I am horrified the book even made it into publication. Shame on the authors for making such a gross error. If you want to teach a lesson on idiom, then this is a great book, but it does not even come close to correctly presenting metaphor. Such a shame!