Monday, July 30, 2012

Mini Monday: A Story of Color Idioms and Silly Pictures

Mini Monday is something I created to talk about anything related to children’s books. Whether you want to talk about something random or tell us what you bought, received, borrowed, or whatever!  If it’s related to children’s books, talk about it!

Today is “mini” book review!

Out Of The Blue: A story of Color Idioms and Silly Pictures by Vanita Oelschlager
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 1, 2012 by VanitaBooks, LLC

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

Obviously this a children’s book and I really can’t go into a deep explanation (it’s all in the summary). My son, however, will love this book. He is always asking what phrases like this mean and I have to explain. Now he will know what I mean the next time I say one.

 I think the pictures that go along with each saying are great too. I am glad the author decided to use pictures that go with the saying itself instead of with the meaning of the saying. Each page has a little text at the bottom with the meaning and a sentence example. The last page has more information for everything and really brakes down the meanings.

I recommend this book if you are always saying things like this and you have a younger child. It really is a great way to teach him/her what they all mean.

Read On: EBook

*This title was provided by NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review.

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