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Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Paperback – May 1, 2011
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Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries show children the magic of idioms – words that separately have one meaning, but together take on something entirely different.
Children are curious about words, especially phrases that make them laugh (“Couch potato!”), sound silly (“Eat your words”) or trigger images that tickle a child’s sense of the absurd (“Pie in the sky”).
Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries uses outlandish illustrations of what the words describe literally. The reader then has to guess the “real” meaning of the phrases (which is upside down in the corner of each spread). At the end of the book, the reader is invited to learn more about these figures of speech.
Our first book of idioms, Birds of a Feather (2009), dealt with birds, insects or animals. Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries uses food idioms. Both are fun – and instructive!
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How exactly do you explain common idioms to a kindergartner? I never really put a lot of thought into that question, but Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries is definitely a go-to for any parent or teacher who struggles to explain the nuances of not-so-literal language to a little one.
This book takes extremely common food-related idioms, such as “the big cheese” and “your goose is cooked,” and uses dynamic, colorful illustrations and witty dialogue to provide literal explanations. When you flip the page upside-down, you’re provided a definition and an example sentence. The illustrations are fun — who doesn’t want to see a potato with its roots grounded in the couch or a kid who’s got food instead of brains?
This is a great tool to use with younger kids to explore an area of language that adults take for granted. The language is not so difficult that a child would struggle to read and comprehend on their own, but it isn’t a level 1 book, either. It provides adults a great chance to really get into a book and have a discussion about it on different levels. I definitely recommend it as a guided reading.
I have really enjoyed Vanita Oelschlager's books. The first one that I read was her first idiom book, Birds of a Feather. It was a lot of fun and had some great artistry. I love idioms and find them so much fun to use with children, so when I saw that this one was available as well - a book on food idioms - I grabbed it up. To make the book even better, Robin Hegan has added in some cute and funny illustrations to go with each one.
The kids laughed and laughed at this one and had a lot of fun trying to figure out what was really meant by them. They also took time to try to draw their own pictures for some of the other idioms we discussed.
A great teaching aid for young children.
I personally am a very logical and literal person so I tend to interpret things as such. Idioms are something that I have always struggled with as a person. I understand the concept and how they work and their purpose. But it is difficult for me to agree that they ultimately make sense. This book is rather creative and it takes some of the more popular idioms and puts them to illustration to show children just how silly they are. This book would be a wonderful addition to any teacher/ homeschooling parent or libraries shelves. It is a wonderful learning tool in my opinion.
Illustrated by Robin Hegan, this is our favorite idiom book that we reviewed. The illustrations are an idiom in themselves. My daughter enjoyed the bubble conversations. I thought the quality of the graphics in this book was amazing! Couch Potato - that's the best one! The second one being Packing in like Sardines! We laughed and laughed and laughed! This book is a 5-star winner!
I received a copy through Netgalley for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley.
This is a silly book about idioms. You know those silly sayings like, "couch potato" and "your goose is cooked". The illustrations make this book. They are colorful, humorous and add pizzazz to the story. The author explains what an idiom is and gives colorful examples to help children understand. One thing I found annoying was the explanation was written in very tiny print and it was upside down. It would have been better if they could've have been more creative in displaying the explanation.
If I had a criticism, it would be that I would much prefer the explanations of the idioms to be right side up instead of small print and upside down. I don't think the explanation would in any way detract from the illustrations.