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Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  1,299 Ratings  ·  177 Reviews
Clever Aunt Ant has just moved to the zoo. Speaking in homophones, she describes the quirky animal behavior she sees. There's the MOOSE who loved MOUSSE and ATE EIGHT bowls, and the WHALE who was ALLOWED to WAIL ALOUD--and that's just for starters.

This playful picture book introduces children to the richness of language through the concept of homophones. A romp through the
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Dec 28, 2009 Peggy rated it it was amazing
The first time I read this one to my four-year-old we both ended up laughing so hard we could hardly breathe. It's a cool concept, teaching kids about homophones.... words that are spelled differently, have different meanings, but sound the same. The premise of the story is that Aunt Ant is writing to her nephew, Dear Deer, and giving him an update on all her neighbors and friends. Some of the words I had to explain to my son but by and large he got it. It was almost at the end when we got to th ...more
Mar 20, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
This is such a fun book for kids who are learning about homophones, or for kids who are learning to read. My niece and I spent some time with this book today, and we had a lot of fun comparing the words and discussing how interesting it was that words that sound alike could be spelled differently and have different meanings.

The text in this book is not too difficult, which I think really enables new readers (or spellers) to spend time studying the words and comparing and contrasting them. The pi
Oct 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Fabulously friendly, humorous illustrations and silly tongue twisting text aside, who would have guessed that a book highlighting use, meanings and spellings of identically sounding words could be so fascinating to a seven year old reader? We didn’t, but it is.

You can listen in on our chat about this book on our Just One More Book! Children's Book Podcast.
Mar 21, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This was ridiculously cute!!! I loved the homophones and creative rhyming scheme. Words I wouldn't have even thought of flood this book (i.e. you/ewe, him/hymn, feet/feat, etc). This book serves as a fun & interactive read aloud. Students can guess which two words are homophones and maybe even guess their spelling! This would even be a good go to book for vocabulary expansion while in writing centers. The pictures are colorful and engaging!
Jun 23, 2012 Barb rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-wy, picture-books
I loved this clever little book on homophones. This is geared to the early elementary grades but I'm teachers at the higher levels could use this as a fun and funny reminder for any age student. I liked the clever incorporation of so many homophones, the pictures are funny and will help cement the concepts into their little brains. Clever!
Feb 11, 2010 Deanna rated it liked it
This was such a good book for homonyms. It is very cute and easily appealing to children.
The reason I gave it 3 stars is because while the book offers a great lesson on homonyms, it does not go far past that. I think the story could be about something surrounding more culture and still keep its simplicity.
Lauren White
Apr 15, 2015 Lauren White rated it really liked it
Good for grades 2-5. Would be good to extend to a writing activity.
Morgan Miller
Jan 30, 2017 Morgan Miller rated it really liked it
Shelves: school-subjects
This is a great book to read to students when talking about homophones. There are are at least one set on every page!
Feb 17, 2016 Jessica added it
Shelves: edrd
I really enjoyed this books and I think students would as well. This books had a creative story line that involved many animals. With every turn of a page you would find a new animal and they all had unique personalities. I enjoyed this, as would many children, and it kept the book entertaining. This books is about an Ant who has just moved to the zoo and takes the reader on an adventure around the zoo as she introduces each animal and what they like to do. This book has wonderful and very color ...more
May 09, 2015 Nicole rated it it was amazing
My personal reaction was this book was very creative in showing homophones. For example words sounds the same but have different meanings and spellings. The children will be laughing at the end with the crazy conversations with Aunt Ant and her nephew dear dear.

This would be a great read aloud to make a curricular connection about language arts specifically about homophones. Comparing words and contrasting their meanings is the main purpose. The illustrations really support the different meaning
Jun 06, 2016 EDUC535 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, homophones
Tiara Dietz

Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones is just that... a book of fantastic homophones! The story is GREAT for a read aloud when teaching or introducing homophones to students.

The story is a note written from AUNT ANT to DEAR DEER about all of her new neighboring animals at the zoo that she lives in now! The students don't only learn several homophones like blue/blew, moose/mousse, ewe/you, hair/hair, etc. but they are also able to learn about many new animals as well. The story may be a litt
Kelsi Watts
Mar 31, 2014 Kelsi Watts rated it it was amazing
Shelves: march
What a spectacular book for children in teaching homophones! I think that this is a super creative book in the it has great illustrations and easy to follow concepts for children to understand. There were so many great examples that had pictures to go along with them. I loved the colors that were used because it really made it a more lively book and more interesting to read. I loved that the book had all to do with different types of animals because animals are something that really interest chi ...more
April Voss
Sep 13, 2012 April Voss rated it really liked it
Aunt Ant writes a letter to Dear Deer about her experiences at the zoo. This book is packed with homophones. On every page there are a couple fun homophones to teach children. It isn't a book that you can read without smiling.
The artistic media used in this book is watercolors, which gives the pages a beautiful shiny effect. The illustrations are created in a fun cartoon fashion. This is something that makes learning about homophones silly and interesting for young children. Lines are used in
Feb 27, 2012 Frances rated it it was amazing
1. I really like this book the graphics are really awesome!
2. This is a wonderful story to introduce homophones to young children. This is February the end of the 3rd quater where most kindergarters are beginning to process word knowledge and meaning.
3.Although learning homopones is not apart of the AKS many of the upper grades have express that for many students homophones presents a challenge.

Extended Activity

I think that children love games, and a great time filler could be a homophone game.
Nov 27, 2011 Ina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime-reads
This is a wonderfully playful and imaginative book. After reading it, one will never again forget what a homophone might be! Aunt Ant, is writing a letter to her friend, Deer, about her new life at a zoo. Of course, she begins the letter "Dear Deer." The illustrations are wonderful and the the kids loved this book. I worried that it might not work as a read-aloud since it sounds like the reader is stuttering when reading about a fox that "blew blue bubbles." The pictures give the text more than ...more
Mar 30, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: child-lit-march
I never thought learning about homophones could be so fun! This is a great book to teach kids the difference between this ant and that aunt. The fun part is that it doesn't just teach homophones, but even tells a story with all the homophones as this ant writes the letter to her dear Deer. It's so fun and even had me laughing out loud at some parts. The ewes in a daze and the gnus keeping to themselves were so funny, and the artwork was so fun and brought everything together. This is, in my opin ...more
Jan 31, 2011 Ealthafer rated it it was amazing
<3 Absolutly one of my favorite new books, that i will deffintly be purchasing when I get my own classroom. The entire book is full of homophones which makes it a great teaching tool. The illustrations are super cute too. This book also has lots of new vocabulary words that can be taught to older students and even younger. I would suggest this story from about 2nd to 4th grade. And if read in 4th grade I would use it as a review book to recap what they already know but help to reinforce what ...more
Beckie Coldiron
Feb 27, 2011 Beckie Coldiron rated it it was amazing
" Dear Deer" is a wonderful way to explore homophones with children of all ages! In this cute and entertaining book, children are definitely able to pick up on homophones. In fact, you can definitely incorporate this as a small group activity where children are working together to pin-point the homophones or you can make it a large group activity where everyone is participating by snapping, clapping or standing up when they hear a homophone. This will definitely be in my classroom library, and I ...more
Jasmine George
Nov 20, 2012 Jasmine George rated it really liked it
This book may reach for the older children such as first grade but it is a great introduction to homophones. I love how the author bolded each word that is a homophone. The book is colorful as well.

Learning Experiance:
For this book I will provide a list of words that have a homophone to them. The children will provide me a word that sounds exactly like the word i have provided for them. As they are giving me words, I will tell the children the difference between them and explain that some words
Stephanie Pieck
Dec 01, 2016 Stephanie Pieck rated it really liked it
Shelves: print-braille
In this fun book, Deer and Ant write letters to each other about their new neighbors. I hadn't thought about homophones and homonyms since late elementary or early middle school. This book managed to make "language arts" a lot more fun than it sounds like it should be. Using animals as a theme to teach the concept of words that sound alike but are spelled differently produced some very wacky situations. Great for anyone learning English either as a first or second language. Best line:
"There is n
Kelly Havens
Jun 10, 2013 Kelly Havens rated it really liked it
I would recommend reading this book in word study when teaching about homophones, homographs, and homonyms. This story is an excellent way to introduce or reinforce its definition. It also gives students a visual and many examples of homophones. As a visual learner myself, I appreciate the illustrations with the words and feel seeing the examples help me remember the difference better between homophones and homographs. A few examples in the text include: daze and days, ate and eight, tale and ta ...more
Janice Redding
Apr 21, 2012 Janice Redding rated it really liked it
I think this would be a good book to teach a lesson about homophones in the first grade. Homophones are words that sound the same, but are spelled differently. In the classroom, I can use this book to not only introduce a new topic, such as homophones, but I can use this book to read in small groups and ask questions like, "Can you name some examples of homophones that you noticed in the book? What are some examples of a homophone that was not listed in the book?" This is a great book to allow s ...more
Kathleen Tucker
Spelling can be tricky! This fun book about homophones is a great way to introduce the concept of homophones to children. Many kids may be familiar with certain homophones but unaware of the proper times to use them. After reading the book I would chart with the class some of the homophones we heard Aunt Ant writing about, then develop our own definitions for each word. As an extension for an older class, I would have the class write me a letter about their weekend using homophones throughout an ...more
Nov 18, 2010 Amber rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lit-50-books
1st- 3rd

Young readers and writers may have a hard time with words that sound the same but look and mean different things. The illustrations with in the this story help explain many of the differences between different words like deer vs. dear, pause vs. paws, tail vs. tale, and see vs. sea.
This book would be great for lessons on word choice. Students who are having trouble choosing words could either reference this book or use it as an example of how words are different.
Kenia Lopez
Dec 17, 2014 Kenia Lopez rated it it was amazing
Dear Deer was was great educational book, that teaches in a fun way about homophones, or words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings. Because english is my second language, this is a fun book for me to help me learn about english. I know children who are also learning how to spell and read in english, will find this a fun, illustrative learning experience that will teach them how to spell.

I would recommend this book for children ages 6-10.
Jul 18, 2008 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a wonderful read aloud to educate children about homophones. It is humorous, featuring a moose that eats mousse and a whale who is allowed to wail aloud. Each homophone is featured in capital letters to bring it to the attention of the reader. The book begins with a helpful note to the reader giving the definition of homophones as well as homonyms. The bold, bright watercolor paintings illustrate each page
Nov 20, 2011 Lauren rated it liked it
This book was a very fun read. It was engaging and would be easy for young students to read as well. It introduces homophones and helps understand what they mean. There are many examples of homophones throughout the book to help children understand the concept. This would be great for an anticipatory set when teaching homophones in a classroom. The illustrations are also well done and very bright and colorful. Good book for a classroom!
An excellent look at homophones, the book is an illustrated letter from Aunt ant to her dear deer. She tells him all about the other animals, like the ewe who has been "in a daze for days," the "horse who is hoarse from humming a hymn," and the monkey who will "tell you a tale as he hangs from his tail."

The illustrations take this book from a funny homophone reader to a genuine story. The bold water colors in bright hues show mischevious animals in all sorts of dilemmas.
Steve Holden
Jan 10, 2017 Steve Holden rated it really liked it
I always break out this book during the second half of our year. This is a very effective teaching tool, and presents fantastic examples to students with funny illustrations and entertaining writing. It's a fun read aloud/discussion book, and certainly perfect for primary students. I would even recommend this book to be kept in intermediate classrooms as a resource for students to receive reminders. This is a fun one!
Jayetta Carter-mcfarlin
I would use this book as a read-aloud across elementary grade levels. From pre-k to grades 2, onset and rimes and the book's play on words would be a great way to highlight sounds in phonological awareness lessons. Showing the differences in the spellings and meanings of those homophones would aid lessons in phonics and build vocabulary. In third grade, the study of homophones becomes more prevalent and this is a good book to illustrate homophones.
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Gene Barretta is the author and illustrator of Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin and Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci. He is also author and illustrator of Dear Deer, which was a Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts and listed on the Parenting Magazine Mom-Tested Books of the Year List. He holds a B.F.A. in Film Studies from New York University, and h ...more
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