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A Cache of Jewels Hardcover – October 23, 1987

4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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From Publishers Weekly

In light verse and brightly colored pictures, Heller provides an introduction to a specialized part of speech, the collective noun. She lists and depicts more than 25, including such familiar terms as "batch of bread" and "bunch of bananas," as well as more unusual phrases: "gam of whales," "muster of peacocks" and "parcel of penguins." The concept will stimulate the curiosity and imaginations of children with an ear for language. The illustrations, containing large, bold objects in simple yet striking compositions, ensure a visually inspiring exploration as well. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1 ``A muster of peacocks,'' ``a kindle of kittens,'' and other familiar and unusual collective nouns form the text of Heller's book. Bright, richly-colored oil pencil and line drawings enliven each set of objects, and some are exceptionally life-likeone can practically hear the crunch of the crusty loaves of bread and smell the bananas. Each group of items is presented in rhyme, which is remarkably smooth and unforced until the last page, when an explanation of the concept of col lective nouns, more suited to simple prose, intrudes. While ``. . .Jewels'' can be used to help children learn about parts of speech, its principal charm lies in the illustrations and the vocabulary itself, which will delight small eyes and ears. Kathleen Brachmann, Highland Park Public Library, Ill.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; No Edition Stated edition (October 23, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044819211X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448192116
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,534,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Good fun for 3-8 yrs. Everybody knows that a group of fish is a school, or a bunch of ships is a fleet. But what do you call several peacocks, or a group of kittens, or a gathering of witches? Puzzeled?
This is the first childrens book I have come across that could answer those questions for children, with many more collective nouns to spare. Good illustrations, relatively quick read, and interesting and easy for children to follow. Mega points for originality!
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My wife and my granddaughter loved the book. Well written and illustrated, and kids should love it. Ruth Heller has produced a classic children's book that Mom and Dad may sneak out for a quick read. It should go next to Dr. Seuss books (she loved Dr. Seuss books) on your child's bookshelf.
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By A Customer on July 1, 2003
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In addition to being a great way to learn about what groups of objects are called (I even learned a few new ones) the vibrant colors of the illustrations are incredible. I even got a used copy to take apart so I could put some of the pictures up in my son's playroom - they are that nice.
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This is a great way to teach about collective nouns. It also makes a great starting point for students' own writing pieces and word collections.
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By bookreader on October 16, 2013
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I am a teacher and one of our standards in 2nd grade is to understand collective nouns. Let me tell you that there is not much on collective nouns. This book made my students completely understand. They were even quoting collective nouns they found and related it to the book. Great for learning!
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We have the language series by Ruth Heller, and love it. The illustrations are incredible, and really help make learning language fun. Plus, we use the books for our homeschool art classes too! They are a tremendous inspiration for the girls when painting.
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This book is a wonderful adventure into the world of language for young children.I am an ESL teacher for grades K-2 and this book is one that engages and teaches the function of nouns as well as providing beautiful illustrations. The kids love them and it provides a valuable tool for enhancing reading and writing skills. I discovered these books in a graduate level class and they are all a wonderful addition to any classroom teacher's library. Ms Heller is truly an artist and an author that captivates a young child's creative spirit.
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