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What Did You Say? What Do You Mean?: An Illustrated Guide to Understanding Metaphors 1st Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1843102076
ISBN-10: 1843102072
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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

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People don't always say what they mean! Common figures of speech illustrated and explained
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (March 15, 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: #239,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By David Kane on February 22, 2007
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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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By A on May 27, 2013
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This is perfect for Autistic kids.
I'm still looking for some Autistic kids, though.
In the meantime, my students are digging it, since they're learning English and endlessly confused by our language.
Drive on parkways and park on driveways?
Seriously?
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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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