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What Did You Say? What Do You Mean?: An Illustrated Guide to Understanding Metaphors Paperback – March 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1843102076 ISBN-10: 1843102072 Edition: 1st

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'Figures of speech can often cause confusion for young children - "they had a ball" doesn't necessarily conjure up the image of people having a good time...A new visual workbook, What did you say? What did you mean?, designed as a springboard for discussion, looks at 100 most common figures of speech. The accompanying illustration showing its literal meaning will help children recognise and learn to enjoy metaphors and figurative language.' - Practical Professional Child Care "Jude Welton has given us a truly helpful introduction into the world of metaphor... Any parent or teacher working with Asperger's will find it beginning to open the doors of imagination for the child in ways that they might not have thought possible. A lovely and practical book, which children and grownups can enjoy - and giggle over - together." - from the Foreword, by Elizabeth Newson --from the Foreword, by Elizabeth Newson

About the Author

Jude Welton is the mother of a 9-year-old son with AS. Although originally trained as a child psychologist specializing in autism, she is a freelance writer, writing mainly on the arts. She recently started writing about and for children with Asperger Syndrome. Jane Telford is a long-time friend of the author, and is sensitive to the needs of children with AS. She is an artist and illustrator, who has exhibited paintings and drawings widely in the UK and also internationally.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843102072
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843102076
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.3 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By edrm on August 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
What Did You Say? What Do You Mean?: An Illustrated Guide to Understanding Metaphors is such a wonderful tool to enhance your knowledge on the backgrounds and/or reasons of each idiom. The author quite specifically illustrated the literal meanings, the real meanings, i.e, implications, reasons of the meanings, and examples. The book is not only for child and adult Aspies, but also neurotypical people. Once you catch what idioms really mean, you will be sure to get hooked on them.
This book certainly is more comprehensible than An Asperger Dictionary of Everyday Expressions(2nd Edition), although the latter contains more information than the former. Especially for Aspies or Non-native speakers of English, I would like to recommend the former to strengthen your vocabulary building more efficiently! I feel it might be hard to image the meanings of idioms written on the latter, because it seems to lack specific information. Therefore, I would like to ask you to start with this book.
After all, this dictionary is the real reinforcement of smoother communications in your daily life! You should keep in mind that overuse of the idioms and metaphors is likely to confuse listeners or readers, though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Kane on February 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book was perfect for my 9 yo daughter. She has NLD and is often confused by language, facial expression, or hidden meanings. We had a lot of fun guessing the answers (she got them wrong every time!) and then reading the correct meaning. Within an hour she had picked a lyric out of a song and understood it for the first time ("coming out of my shell"). We are thrilled with this book!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Thikacat on October 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book helps a child with Aspergers unravel the mysteries of colloquial meatphors -- that is the great idea. However, it was written in the United Kingdom, which means that sometimes the explanations are confusing also (what is a queue, Mom???)-- that takes away from its effectiveness and makes for frustration. There are also a couple of publishing goofs -- wrong explanation on the page -- no excuse for that. I actually whited them out and moved the words over. Like I said -- great idea -- upbeat and useful -- but it should be noted that it is not US English.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
For people with autism/Asperger's, this book is the book to have in understanding colloquialisms, idioms and metaphors. Instead of relying on neurotypical (NT) counterparts to interpret and translate these phrases, just keep this book handy. It's the ideal tool to have when learning the language of the NT world.
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