Birds of a Feather: A Book of Idioms and Silly Pictures

Vanita Oelschlager Robin Hegan

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Birds of a Feather: A Book of Idioms and Silly Pictures

Birds of a Feather A Book of Idioms and Silly Pictures 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 sens

  • Title: Birds of a Feather: A Book of Idioms and Silly Pictures
  • Author: Vanita Oelschlager Robin Hegan
  • ISBN: 9780980016284
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 tChildren 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 about these figures of speech.

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    1. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader on said:

      This is an adorable book that introduces children to idioms in the English language. The illustrations are colorful and funny and include a literal interpretation of the idiom. Upside down on the same page is the true meaning of the idiom. This is a fun and entertaining read and a great introduction to popular idioms- hogwash, raining cats and dogs, ants in your pants (my favorite lol), and many more.

    2. Anusha Narasimhan on said:

      This was a cute book of idioms. Beautifully illustrated, informative and fun to read. Highly recommended for kids.Note: I received a free copy of the book from NetGalley.

    3. PattyMacDotComma on said:

      Another beautifully illustrated collection of phrases that kids should have fun with. I think it’s best read with adults who might know or google where the phrases might have originated.The pictures illustrate the literal meaning of the phrase—a tummy full of butterflies—while the upside-down translation in the corner tells us what it means: “ The feeling you get in your stomach when you are nervous or afraid. ‘She had butterflies in her stomach as she walked onto the stage.’”There [...]

    4. Plot Monster on said:

      Thank you to Netgalley, Vanita Books, Vanita Oelschlager and Robin Hegan for providing a digital copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.Birds of a Feather:  a book of idioms and silly pictures was written by Vanita Oelschlager (illustrated by Robin Hegan), has 32 pages and was published in 2009 by Vanita Books.This is a cute book with silly illustrations. I love this book! The pictures are beautifully illustrated and depict scenes of common idioms in the English language. This boo [...]

    5. Shoa Khan on said:

      I really admire Vanita Oelschlager's works, as she makes learning so interesting through all of her picture books. This one is a great way to teach children idioms. Every page has an idiom not only listed, but also illustrated by taking its meaning literally. The illustrations are cute and hilarious, even more so, because they all feature animals/birds.The actual meaning of the idiom, along with its usage in a sentence is written at the bottom of each page, inverted, and in tiny lettering, so th [...]

    6. Kristie on said:

      I was initially put off by the words on each page being upside down, however I realized quickly that this makes perfect sense when using the book for teaching. I loved the idea and the drawing were cute. A couple of the explanations didn't seem exactly spot on, but close enough. This may be petty, but for "bring home the bacon" I read that the father makes the money for the family and thought, "of course he does" Personally, I would have liked to have seen a little change up in the gender role. [...]

    7. Miss Meghan's Class on said:

      I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received.I loved the artwork in this book. They are silly and fun and done really well. Very cute!! Great way to teach idioms to children and the information in the back is very helpful. The kids laughed and laughed the pictures and the idioms and had a great time trying to figure things out. Loved it!!

    8. Laura on said:

      This book is a good introduction to idioms, with funny (and very literal) illustrations, such as 'raining cats and dogs'. Although some children will be able to see the funny side and make sense of the humour here, I think for others it will go over their heads. The illustrations are great thought - full double-page spreads with nice big text, with much smaller text using the idioms in a sentence. I am not sure why this small text needs to be upside down, but it's helpful to put the idioms into [...]

    9. Monique on said:

      This colorful book uses entertaining illustrations to teach the meaning behind idioms such as raining cats and dogs, no spring chicken, butterflies in your stomach, and wild goose chase. I enjoyed this book and believe it would be most popular among children ages 5-8.Thank you #NetGalley and #VanitaBooks for providing me with #BirdsOfAFeather to read and review!

    10. Producervan in Sedona, AZ from New Orleans & L.A. on said:

      5 Stars. What another beautiful, educational book by Vanita Oelschlager with colorful, humorous illustrations by Robin Hegan explaining idioms in a joyful way to your child. This author makes learning fun. Highly recommend! Thanks to NetGalley for providing this ebook for review.

    11. Sandy on said:

      My students will love this book! They’re always looking for clever sayings especially the 2nd-4th graders that I sub for. As a teacher, I try to insert some interesting news or fun stories that I have heard into my day when I am teaching, so that when they leave for the day they have something to share with their parents/guardians. I remember asking my own children what they had learned at the end of the day of the school day and frequently hearing “nothing,” if I can give the students jus [...]

    12. Lilyn G. (Scifi and Scary) on said:

      From the first illustration to the last one, my six year old giggled like mad. She couldn't quite grasp the concept of idioms, so we went slowly over each page, asking her to try to guess what it meant, and providing practical examples. When we got to the end, she insisted we go over it again. So its safe to say from a kid's point of view, this book rates very highly.I thought the concept of a way to get a child to understand idioms was great, the illustrations were awesome, and the kid appeal c [...]

    13. DelAnne Frazee on said:

      Title: Birds of a Feather A Book of Idioms and Silly Pictures Author: Vanita Oelschlager Illustrator: Robin HeganPublisher: Vanita Books, LLC Published: 5-1-2014 ISBN: 9780980016284Pages: 32 Genre: Children's Fiction Tags: Language, Cultures Overall Rating: Excellent Reviewed For: NetGalley Reviewer: DelAnneThis is a book of unusual words and idioms (expressive sayings) found in the English language, usually in America. This book is written for readers ages 5 to 8, but I well beyond that age ran [...]

    14. Mary Brown on said:

      Birds Of A Feather: A Book Of Idioms And Silly Pictures by Vanita Oelschager was an adorable children’s book. There are things I say to my five year old granddaughter that makes her start laughing because in her mind she thinks I’m saying something different from what I really am saying, (example, it’s raining cats and dogs). This book is perfect for her, because she can see things both ways. It’s also good for adults because it helps illustrate what the saying means in a child’s mind. [...]

    15. Mary Prado on said:

      CBZ book review for---Birds of a FeatherThis is a silly book about idioms. You know those silly sayings like, "birds of a feather flock together" and "bring home the bacon". The illustrations make this book. They are colorful, humorous and add pizzazz to the story. The author explains what an idiom is and gives colorful examples to help children understand these silly terms. One thing I found annoying was the explanation is written in very tiny print at the bottom of the page and it was upside d [...]

    16. Aurore on said:

      Figures of speech can be hard to explain, but it won't be hard for these idioms to make you laugh. Each one is illustrated in a way that shows what it means in a literal sense. The goose driving over very bumpy ground (goosebumps) or a child with an umbrella walking along as cats and hot dogs fall from the sky (raining cats and dogs) are just two examples of what someone might imagine the idioms mean. To help readers understand what the idioms really mean, there is an explanation in the lower co [...]

    17. Mari Anne on said:

      Super cute book on idioms with fabulous large, easy to see illustrations that depict in a very, silly way, common idioms. I especially loved the extended explanations on the bottom of the page that would be perfect for a teacher or parent to further explain or expand on the idiom. Perfect teaching tool for a unit on idioms.Probably best for Pre-K - grade 3.Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the free copy in exchange for a fair review.

    18. Veronica on said:

      This is a very cute book that is funny for both young children and the adults who are reading the book to the children. The idioms are illustrated in such a way that kids will get a kick out of them and adults will enjoy the jokes. Highly recommended.I received a copy of this book from the publishers for free in exchange for an honest review.

    19. Lisa on said:

      very cute! in language, there are lots of phrases people say that normally just wouldn't make sense. this book certainly helps little kids understand them. i like how it gives the phrase, a picture depicting the phrase and also explains the phrase. well done!

    20. Jessica on said:

      Adorable illustrations! Great book to get students thinking about idioms. Silly pictures to go along with each idiom and then an explanation to the meaning of the idiom.

    21. Lisa on said:

      My 6 and 8 year old loved the illustrations and after explaining each idiom they thought the book was hilarious!! Cute, cute book!!

    22. Janet on said:

      I received a DIGITAL Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - 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 s [...]

    23. Lori on said:

      If you have not already seen the picture book Birds of a Feather, I am going to let the cat out of the bag and tell you that Vanita Oelschlager and Robin Hegan created a delightful take on idioms with this book. Children will be bright eyed and bushy tailed as they turn each page of these silly sayings. Each word and phrase is matched with an adorably hilarious illustration, like, Ants in your pants. And when the book is flipped upside down, the hidden meaning of the idiom and usage in a sentenc [...]

    24. Rachel McKitterick on said:

      *thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*4 stars.This was very clever! Every single one of these expressions I have heard hundreds of times in my life and im sure alot of others have too, including probably your kids. If they are anything like me they will hear these and think, 'huh?'. So to explain what adults mean when they talk this 'gobbledygook', and to place it all in a very well done picture book, is really a genius idea. With the illustrations bein [...]

    25. Ash (It's a Word Vomit World) on said:

      A cute book of idioms. All of the pictures show what the words might mean if taken literally, while upside-down in smaller letters you get the actual meaning of the idiom. The idea for this book is great.I will say it's probably one you want a physical copy of (as most kids books should be read), because I had a hard time reading some of the words at the bottom on my computer as they were so small.I would highly suggest this one for young readers learning about idioms. This will make it fun.**I [...]

    26. Ruby on said:

      Thank you Netgalley, the author and publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. This book has bright and beautiful colors. The illustrations are very cute.The text is funny and I laughed at every single page.I highly recommend you read this with your kids, they will enjoy it and laugh for sure. The words are simple and you can teach your kids how to read it and even teach the names of the animals in it and teach them colors.

    27. Liliyana Shadowlyn on said:

      If I could give this book more than five stars I would. The illustrations were funny and well done. Each idiom was explained in a way that children could understand. I'll definitely be buying this book for me and my friends. Parents and children alike will love this book.Received for review

    28. Kajsa on said:

      A fun little book with colorful illustrations about different idioms used in the English language.

    29. Tonja Drecker on said:

      As a kid, one of my favorite books to get from the library was a picture book about idioms. So I was more than glad to get my hands onto this one and share something similar with my own children.This book takes every day idioms like 'raining cats and dogs', displays the literal meaning in funny illustrations, and then offers the reader a short explanation of what is understood with the phrasee abstract meaning.The most alluring thing about this book. . least, from a kid's point of view. . . is [...]

    30. Storywraps on said:

      This delightful book will have kids laughing while teaching them the true meaning of an "idiom." Kids generally love language and the playfulness of it. Sometimes sayings don't necessarily mean what they say. Birds of a Feather is a lesson in the discovery of the meaning of an idiom. Fun phrases such as "Ants in your pants," "Goosebumps", "Raining Cats and Dogs", "Bringing home the bacon" (just to name a few) are brilliantly illustrated in colourful, expressive and humorous images to describe th [...]

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