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Until the Cows Come Home: and Other Expressions about Animals

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Hold your horses! Don't let the cat out of the bag. Don't count your chickens before they're hatched. Have you ever heard these crazy expressions? People use them even when there aren't any animals around! That's because these sentences are idiomsphrases that mean something different than what the words in them actually say. But don't let idioms get your goat. Let's explor ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 2012 by Lerner Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2012)
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I find it odd that a book claiming to be nonfiction and aiming to teach children both about animals (with facts about the creatures in question) and the use of language (the meaning behind common axioms) would use a picture of a chimpanzee and refer to it as a "monkey." It's lazy. Could the editors not find a picture of a monkey? Probably not. But by using that picture, the book fails to teach those two things I mentioned earlier. It leads children to believe that chimpanzees are monkeys (which ...more
Paul  Hankins
A definition of "idiom" appears at the beginning of the book anchoring the animal idioms presented in this super example of a non-fiction text that would be more than welcome within the CCSS reading standards. Focus on animal idioms here invites younger readers to explore the origins of familiar--but not always explained--usages in our day-to-day interactions.

Here's a challenge for older readers in year where elephants are a seeming trend--What is a white elephant sale? Why are these gifts calle
Nitza Campos
This book is especially good for ESL students who are not familiar with idioms. The idiom is placed at the top of the page followed by a scenario where the idiom is used or where it could be used. It then proceeds to give the origin of the idiom with fun pictures. I really enjoyed this book and learning about the idioms we use everyday. I know what the expression "don't let the cat out of the bag" means, but I didn't know it began during the Middle Ages when sellers at the marketplace were tryin ...more
Clare Cannon
Explains each idiomatic expression with colourful pictures and straight-forward text. Appealing and fun, but as a collection of short story-like explanations it would probably most hold the interest of eager young readers who are interested in the clever use of words and expressions.
Aaron Wong
Great for teaching idioms!
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