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The Dove Dove: Funny Homograph Riddles Paperback – October 17, 1988

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (October 17, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899198104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899198101
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,293,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6 An introduction to the sometimes confusing world of homographswords that are spelled alike, but are pronounced differently and have different meanings. Using the general pattern of riddle and accompanying illustration, Terban leads readers through a variety of homographs that may or may not be encountered by young readers. The book is divided into five sections which explore the various types of homographs. Answers are provided upside down in a box at the bottom of each page. They are also included in a separate listing along with a pronunciation guide at the end of each chapter. The format of the book appears to be designed for readers in grades three and four. However, despite good textual organization and entertaining and helpful illustrations showing animals enacting the homographs as clues, some homographs may be much too difficult for that age group, and the format seems too young for older students. The book will prove of interest to those students who enjoy the challenge of, and appreciate, word play. Karen P. Smith, Graduate School of Library and Information Study, Queens College, N.Y.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"The creativity of these riddles will easily spark classroom or after-school fun." Booklist, ALA

More About the Author

Marvin Terban ( is a teacher and children's book author. Called a "master of children's wordplay" by ALA Booklist and "Mr. English for Kids" by the Children's Book-of-the-Month Club, he has written over thirty-five books for young readers and teachers, most of them about the English language. He is Scholastic's "Professor Grammar." Marvin Terban was born in Massachusetts and got his start as an author with a book that he wrote and drew in the first grade about a fuzzy green dragon. His first real writing job was a weekly column for his local newspaperwhen he was in high school. He was also the editor of his high school newspaper and literary magazine. He went to Tufts and Columbia Universities, where he received Bachelor's and Master's degrees respectively.

For over fifty years, he has taught English, Latin, Public Speaking, Computer, Theater, and other subjects at the Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York City where he developed teaching games that used humor to help students understand and enjoy the mystifying idiosyncrasies of the English language. Those games grew into the highly original series of funny books on English for which he is known. Marvin's books have made it as far as Shanghai University in China where they are used to teach English to adults. His Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms has been translated into Japanese and Korean. Two of his books were turned into early computer games.

He and his wife, a former special education instructor, also wrote two activity books for teachers. Three of his Scholastic books, Checking Your Grammar, Dictionary of Idioms, and Dictionary of Spelling, have sold well over one million copies each. In 2005, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, an international organization of over 20,000 creators of children's books, voted Marvin their Member of the Year.

Marvin has acted in local community theater plays to raise money for various charities. He has also had small parts in movies directed by Woody Allen. For many summers he directed plays at a summer camp. He has paid "Meet the Author" visits to schools, colleges, and educational conferences all over the United States, South America, Europe, Israel, and Japan.

The Terbans live in New York City and have two children and a granddaughter. Marvin loves to be a teacher and an author, read, take long walks in Central Park, go to movies and shows, watch good TV and listen to good radio, travel to many places in the United States and around the world, speak at educational conferences, visit schools, and best of all, spend time with his family.

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