5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2009
My Daddy Likes To Say: Straight from the Horse's Mouth is a rhyming picturebook that teaches young readers what common hyperbole phrases like "cool as a cucumber" and "driving me up the wall" really mean. Adults take common understanding of these idioms for granted, but they can be confusing to a young person! "'The buck stops here,' / my daddy likes to say, / I'm not sure what he means / but I like it anyway. // He stops here and waits, / but how does he know? / We might have to tell him / it's okay to go." Underneath the friendly rhyme, in small typeface, is a detailed and straightforward explanation of what the idiom means and where it came from: "When someone wants to make it clear that he or she is taking responsibility for a situation, this expression may be used. 'The buck stops here,' developed from an earlier expression, 'pass the buck' which means to pass the responsibility on to someone else. 'Pass the buck' originated with the card game, poker..." Color artwork of unusual (to say the least) idiom-derived situations (such as a buck at a stop sign along with school children) in a thoughtfully realistic style enhances this educational picturebook, highly recommended for parents and children to share, and also for children's public library collections.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2009
This book is an educational picturebook with rhymes that accompany the pictures. It explains popular idioms and there are facts explaining the idiom and a rhyme. It's very cute to read along with a young child-- they get the engaging rhyme, plus the picture, and the explanation of the history of the idiom.
It's a very nice way to teach a lesson to a child.