"Birds of a Feather"
Authored by Anita Oelschlager
Illustrated by Robin Hegan
Grade Levels K-3
You're going to love these illustrations...
About the book...
This fun book highlights the playfulness of our English language. It focuses on "idioms". What are idioms you may ask? An idiom is a word or phrase which means something different from its literal meaning.
This book will give a young child a good handle on what an idiom is. Each one is presented in text and visually and then the real meanings are provided upside down in the corner of each double page spread. (I just wish that font for the meanings had been bigger because they are a little hard to decipher. Maybe I'm just old but for me I would have preferred them a bit larger).
Kids will get a kick out of seeing what it looks like when it's "raining cats and dogs", when you're "bringing home the bacon", and acting like a "bull in a china shop," just to name a few. The silliness of it all will bring giggles I'm sure.
The illustrations are quirky, full of action and humour. They will delight the reader with their absurdity. It's always fun to play isn't it? To play with words and our language is the best fun ever.
There is a more comprehensive explanation of idioms featured at the back of the book. I think this book would be a wonderful addition to any classroom or library. When it comes to explaining the meaning and understanding of an idiom this book hits the nail on the head.
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.
About the illustrator...
Robin Hegan is a published illustrator of children's books. Robin grew up in the Laurel Mountains of Pennsylvania where imagination took her and her childhood friends on many adventures. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Integrative Arts, Robin resided in Ohio for several years until her and her husband Matt decided to return to that small town in Pennsylvania to raise their two beautiful girls. In addition to Mother Goose, Other Goose, Robin’s illustrations can also be seen in My Grampy Can’t Walk and The Lizard House Adventure. Published credits of Robin Hegan include Birds of a Feather: A Book of Idioms and Sily Pictures, Mother Goose/Other Goose and My Grampy Can't Walk.
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