Birds of a Feather: A Book of Idioms and Silly Pictures
Book Illustrator: Robin Hegan
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Children are innately curious about words, especially phrases that make them laugh (“”Ants in your pants!””), sound silly (“”Barking up the wrong tree”” or “”Goosebumps””) or trigger images that tickle a child’s sense of the absurd (“”Like a bull in a china shop””). Birds of a Feather introduces children to the magic of idioms words that separately have one meaning, but together take on something entirely different. Birds of a Feather introduces idioms with 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.
Birds of a Feather is a cute introduction for children on Idioms. Each page has one idiom in bold letters with an adorable illustration to show the idiom. When you flip the book over, the explanation for the idiom is in small letters with a sentence including the idiom to explain further. The author has a wonderful explanation at the back of the book called “What are Idioms” with an illustration and the history of that one particular idiom.
Although I found this book totally adorable with its illustrations, I wish it would have had just a little more. The history that the author did for the one featured idiom at the back of the book was informative and interesting. I wish we would have gotten more information for the other idioms featured in the book. Also, I had an issue with the extremely small print and having to flip the book. The arc I received was in digital format, so possibly the book format print is not as small. For young children, this book is cute and fun and they will probably get a good laugh at it, for the slightly older child they may need a little more as I mentioned above.
Birds of a Feather: A Book of Idioms and Silly Pictures by Vanita Oelschlager :