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Classroom Picks . . . Awesome Idioms!

Have your classroom or library laughing with these fun books filled with idioms! We aren't pulling your leg when we say that these books are true knee-slappers and will keep students on their toes.

This Month's Picks

You're Pulling My Leg!
400 Human-Body Sayings from Head to Toe
by Pat Street and Eric Brace
Eric Brace, Illustrator

Grades: FOURTH

RF.4.3, 4, 4a
L.4.1, 3, 3a, 4, 5, 5a, 5b, 5c, 6
RL.4.1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 10
SL.4.1, 1c, 1d, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
W.4.4, 7, 8, 9, 10

1. What is the author’s purpose for writing this book? How did the illustrator, Eric Brace, contribute? RL.4-5.1

2. Discuss and give examples of the literary elements of tone, style and theme in the book You’re Pulling my Leg! RL.4-5.2

3. Compare and contrast the literary elements of You’re Pulling my Leg! with those in There’s a Frog in My Throat. RL.4-5.9

4. Write a story using ten sayings from the book. Create an audio recording and share with the class. W.4-5.3, 9/SL.4-5.5

Hip, hip hooray! Street and Brace have put their heads together and come up with a book about idioms that hits the topic right on the nose for elementary school students and English language learners.

This handy volume, a companion to the favorite There's a Frog in My Throat: 440 Animal Sayings a Little Bird Told Me, allows readers to have hundreds of idioms at their fingertips so they can stay on their toes. The rib-tickling jokes, eye-catching illustrations and an overall lighthearted approach will have kids smiling from ear to ear, if they aren't already too busy laughing their heads off at the book's knee-slapping humor.


"Knee-slappers on every page for tenderfoot readers and writers."—Kirkus Reviews

"Worthy of a place in the nonfiction section of elementary-school libraries and classrooms, though casual reading from head to toe is likely, too."—Booklist

"[Readers] will undoubtedly pore over this busy volume, deriving hours of pleasure from the rich content and discovering new things each time they pick it up."—School Library Journal

400 Animal Sayings a Little Bird Told Me
by Loreen Leedy and Pat Street
Loreen Leedy, Illustrator

Grades: FOURTH

W.3.4, 8, 10
SL.3.1, 1c, 1d, 4, 6
L.3.3, 3a, 3b, 4, 4a, 5, 5a, 5b, 5c, 6
RL.3.1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10

1. How do the pictures and details contribute to the meaning of the text? Find examples in There’s a Frog in My Throat. RL.2-3.7

2. How does the presentation of information impact your understanding of the content? Describe the structure of the book. RL.2-3.5

3. In small groups discuss the meaning of the following types of figurative language: simile, metaphor, idiom and proverb. Find examples of each from the book. RL.2-3.1/L.2-3.5

4. Research the origins of common idioms, similes, metaphors and proverbs. Present your information using visual/audio aids. W.2-3.7, 8/SL.4.5

Hot dog! Pat Street and Loreen Leedy have gone hog-wild with this amusing collection of animal sayings. From lucky ducks to odd ducks to sitting ducks to just plain quacks, this book presents a wealth of sayings alongside fun-filled art bursting with color and energy. Each expression is clearly explained so no reader feels like a silly goose. Readers will go ape over this collection because it really is the cat's pajamas.

The book features six different sections for animals Around the House (dogs, cats, and other pets), On the Farm (domestic animals), In the Wild (animals from field, forest, jungle, and desert), On the Wing (birds and flying insects), Down by the Ground (worms, bugs, and other creeping creatures), and Under the Waves (fish and other aquatic animals), and also includes a letter from the authors, a table of contents, and an index.

The RAVE REVIEWS multiplied like rabbits!

★"Each boldface figure of speech or phase is accompanied by a succinct explanation, making the book useful for classroom enrichment as well as great fun for personal enjoyment. A volume to crow about."—Booklist, starred review

"An authors' note at the beginning explains the different types of sayings, from simile and metaphor to idiom and proverb. This perky little volume . . . will provide substantial browsing pleasure to both animal lovers and children curious about language. The cat's pajamas!"—Kirkus Reviews

"Each spread is as busy as a bee and a beaver, but always clear and inventive in segueing from one phrase to the next. An index of the animals metaphor-ized is appended for . . . curricular usefulness; while you're at it, bring the book down the hall to the adult ESL classes, too.—The Horn Book

"Lively and humorous. Readers . . . will find themselves captivated."—School Library Journal

"A very enlightening collection.—The New York Times Book Review

"Lovers of language will be in hog heaven with this book!—Language Arts

"Children will enjoy the literal illustrations as they learn the figurative meanings. The book is a perfect tool for expanding students' vocabulary and understanding of the English language.—Childhood Education

ALA Notable Children's Book
Bank Street Best Book of the Year
Booklist Editors' Choice
Book Links Lasting Connection
Cuyahoga County Public Library "Children's Books to Read and Own" Pick