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Have You Ever Seen a Smack of Jellyfish?: An Alphabet Book Hardcover – November 9, 2010
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"The hook here is as much the artwork as the text. Asper-Smith uses silhouettes for the words and animals on each page while bright colors provide the backgrounds. ...Asper-Smith has made something beautiful here, giving preschoolers a collection of thoughtful terms and animals to learn about and graphic arts fans something to appreciate. Have You Seen a Smack of Jellyfish? is the book that readers of A Compendium of Collective Nouns will learn their first big words from. Both are crisp and witty walks on the wild side of the English language, and along with all the other titles discussed here, they prompt the question: 'Who knew learning could be so cool?'"
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I think it's really cool that a) each animal has their own name for their specific group, and b) so many of them really are not common knowledge. At least that was the result of our informal polling. Author Sarah Asper-Smith must have come to the same conclusion with her research. After reading that a group of ferrets is called a business, she started to research the collective nouns for animals (incidentally this turned out to be more lucrative than our path of just mocking friends and family for their wrong answers) and then illustrated them. She cleverly parlayed her collection into this adorable book.
How many animal groups do you think you can name? I felt pretty confident after Army of Ants and Flutter of Butterflies, but our guessing went downhill from there. I had no idea frogs gathered in a knot or a bunch of rhinoceroses was referred to as a crash. These are fun to learn!
At first glance, the illustrations appear simple, with the animals shown in black silhouette against bright backgrounds. But when you look a bit closer, you'll find fun little details tucked in, like a lone kangaroo sitting still while the rest of the troop gallops past, or a baby elephant tucked in line with the herd. I like the watch of nightingales perched all over their beautiful lime green tree.
Asper-Smith has used a traditional medium to reach children and encourage the use of technology in art and learning. I look forward to watching her career unfold.
Have You Ever Seen A Smack of Jellyfish is a collective noun alphabet with great illustrations using a fascinating collection of nouns like: a bloat of hippopotamuses, a scourge of mosquitoes, a parliament of owls, and a walk of snails. My 3 year old loves this book and it is part of our home library. This is one of my personal favorites.
This animal alphabet book is easy to read & each page captured the imagination of my Grandson who has a mild form of Cerebral Palsy. It was our "favorite read" while I visited him in Sacramento. Lighthouse Lady
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This is now our favorite gift to give kids. We've loved reading it and learning these group names as much as our children do!Published on April 17, 2014 by girlwithhisname
We first saw this book in the interactive "play" area at the George C. Page Museum (La Brea Tar Pits). We loved it so much, we sought it out afterwards. Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by DD
A very bold book with its artwork and vocabulary. Our 5 year old latches onto new words like a magnet and she is having a great time impressing her teacher with these. Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by Garden Girl
I am actually a high school English teacher, but I love this book because it is the perfect description of collective nouns. Read morePublished on January 23, 2013 by Kathryn
Five and a half year old and one turning four in a few days--both love the ocean and creatures. Their mom suggested this book.Published on January 18, 2013 by Linda Schnackenberg