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Birds of a Feather: A Book of Idioms and Silly Pictures

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Children are innately curious about words, especially phrases that make them laugh ("Ants in your pants!"), sound silly ("Barking up the wrong tree" or "Goosebumps") or trigger images that tickle a child's sense of the absurd ("Like a bull in a china shop"). Birds of a Feather introduces children to the magic of idioms words that separately have one meaning, but together ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Vanita Books
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PattyMacDotComma
Another beautifully illustrated collection of phrases that kids should have fun with. I think it’s best read with adults who might know or google where the phrases might have originated.

The pictures illustrate the literal meaning of the phrase—a tummy full of butterflies—while the upside-down translation in the corner tells us what it means: “ The feeling you get in your stomach when you are nervous or afraid. ‘She had butterflies in her stomach as she walked onto the stage.’”

There’s a nice shor
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Kristie
I was initially put off by the words on each page being upside down, however I realized quickly that this makes perfect sense when using the book for teaching. I loved the idea and the drawing were cute. A couple of the explanations didn't seem exactly spot on, but close enough.

This may be petty, but for "bring home the bacon" I read that the father makes the money for the family and thought, "of course he does..." Personally, I would have liked to have seen a little change up in the gender rol
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Miss Meghan's Class
Jul 17, 2014 Miss Meghan's Class rated it it was amazing
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I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received.

I loved the artwork in this book. They are silly and fun and done really well. Very cute!! Great way to teach idioms to children and the information in the back is very helpful. The kids laughed and laughed the pictures and the idioms and had a great time trying to figure things out. Loved it!!
Sandy
Jan 18, 2014 Sandy rated it it was amazing
My students will love this book! They’re always looking for clever sayings especially the 2nd-4th graders that I sub for. As a teacher, I try to insert some interesting news or fun stories that I have heard into my day when I am teaching, so that when they leave for the day they have something to share with their parents/guardians. I remember asking my own children what they had learned at the end of the day of the school day and frequently hearing “nothing,” if I can give the students just ...more
Lilyn G. (Scifi and Scary)
Mar 23, 2016 Lilyn G. (Scifi and Scary) rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
From the first illustration to the last one, my six year old giggled like mad. She couldn't quite grasp the concept of idioms, so we went slowly over each page, asking her to try to guess what it meant, and providing practical examples. When we got to the end, she insisted we go over it again. So its safe to say from a kid's point of view, this book rates very highly.

I thought the concept of a way to get a child to understand idioms was great, the illustrations were awesome, and the kid appeal c
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DelAnne Frazee
Jul 19, 2014 DelAnne Frazee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Birds of a Feather A Book of Idioms and Silly Pictures
Author: Vanita Oelschlager
Illustrator: Robin Hegan
Publisher: Vanita Books, LLC
Published: 5-1-2014
ISBN: 9780980016284
Pages: 32
Genre: Children's Fiction
Tags: Language, Cultures
Overall Rating: Excellent
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Reviewer: DelAnne

This is a book of unusual words and idioms (expressive sayings) found in the English language, usually in America. This book is written for readers ages 5 to 8, but I well beyond that age ran
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Mary Brown
May 31, 2014 Mary Brown rated it it was amazing
Birds Of A Feather: A Book Of Idioms And Silly Pictures by Vanita Oelschager was an adorable children’s book. There are things I say to my five year old granddaughter that makes her start laughing because in her mind she thinks I’m saying something different from what I really am saying, (example, it’s raining cats and dogs). This book is perfect for her, because she can see things both ways. It’s also good for adults because it helps illustrate what the saying means in a child’s mind. I never ...more
Veronica
Sep 07, 2016 Veronica rated it really liked it
This is a very cute book that is funny for both young children and the adults who are reading the book to the children. The idioms are illustrated in such a way that kids will get a kick out of them and adults will enjoy the jokes. Highly recommended.
I received a copy of this book from the publishers for free in exchange for an honest review.
Mary Prado
CBZ book review for---Birds of a Feather

This is a silly book about idioms. You know those silly sayings like, "birds of a feather flock together" and "bring home the bacon". 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 these silly terms.

One thing I found annoying was the explanation is written in very tiny print at the bottom of the page and it was upside d
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Aurore
Sep 29, 2015 Aurore rated it liked it
Figures of speech can be hard to explain, but it won't be hard for these idioms to make you laugh.

Each one is illustrated in a way that shows what it means in a literal sense. The goose driving over very bumpy ground (goosebumps) or a child with an umbrella walking along as cats and hot dogs fall from the sky (raining cats and dogs) are just two examples of what someone might imagine the idioms mean.

To help readers understand what the idioms really mean, there is an explanation in the lower co
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Mari Anne
Apr 01, 2014 Mari Anne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-ya
Super cute book on idioms with fabulous large, easy to see illustrations that depict in a very, silly way, common idioms. I especially loved the extended explanations on the bottom of the page that would be perfect for a teacher or parent to further explain or expand on the idiom. Perfect teaching tool for a unit on idioms.

Probably best for Pre-K - grade 3.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the free copy in exchange for a fair review.
Lisa
Apr 17, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing
very cute! in language, there are lots of phrases people say that normally just wouldn't make sense. this book certainly helps little kids understand them. i like how it gives the phrase, a picture depicting the phrase and also explains the phrase. well done!
Jessica
Mar 18, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Adorable illustrations! Great book to get students thinking about idioms. Silly pictures to go along with each idiom and then an explanation to the meaning of the idiom.
Lisa
Dec 09, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-children
My 6 and 8 year old loved the illustrations and after explaining each idiom they thought the book was hilarious!! Cute, cute book!!
Grace
Oct 20, 2016 Grace added it
i didnt even get to read it
Hamster
I expected great things with a such a cute cover. But inside the art was sloppy and unprofessional. The iodioms were random and uninspired. I felt like this could've been produced by a high school art class with comparable results. I got this free from netgalley in exchange for a review.
Tonja Drecker
Feb 20, 2016 Tonja Drecker rated it really liked it
As a kid, one of my favorite books to get from the library was a picture book about idioms. So I was more than glad to get my hands onto this one and share something similar with my own children.

This book takes every day idioms like 'raining cats and dogs', displays the literal meaning in funny illustrations, and then offers the reader a short explanation of what is understood with the phrase...the abstract meaning.

The most alluring thing about this book. . .at least, from a kid's point of view.
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Knives Boone
Sep 19, 2016 Knives Boone rated it really liked it
This book was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Full review coming soon.
Marilyn
Jan 20, 2016 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
This delightful book will have kids laughing while teaching them the true meaning of an "idiom." Kids generally love language and the playfulness of it. Sometimes sayings don't necessarily mean what they say.

Birds of a Feather is a lesson in the discovery of the meaning of an idiom. Fun phrases such as "Ants in your pants," "Goosebumps", "Raining Cats and Dogs", "Bringing home the bacon" (just to name a few) are brilliantly illustrated in colourful, expressive and humorous images to describe th
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Danelle
May 03, 2014 Danelle rated it really liked it
This 32 page childrens book is a gem, the adorable illustrations kept my 3 year old giggling with delight. I know that at the age of 3, he is still a bit young to learn the concept of idioms in their entirety. Although, he does grasp how a simple sentence may not mean what it is supposed too.

For example, that when I tell him he has Ants in his pants he is fully aware that I do not mean literally. You can see some of the sample pages in the collage above. Each cute illustrated page has an explana
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Today We Did
May 29, 2016 Today We Did rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Today We Did
Learn the meaning of some common idioms from the English language in this fun book for children. Each page contains one idiom, accompanied by a lovely and silly illustration. This is a great way to introduce idioms to kids of all ages.

The pictures were definitely my favourite part of this book. All of them were appropriate for the idiom it was illustrating, and they were all quite funny. They showed the literal meaning of each one, while the text explained the metaphorical meaning. I
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Jossie Solheim
Jan 19, 2016 Jossie Solheim rated it really liked it
This book is full of idioms and silly pictures. Each page is laid out with and idiom and a picture that represents the idiom.

The child can then attempt to tell you the meaning of the idiom or what they think it may mean. Once they have done this you can flip the book to read the smaller upside down print at the bottom of the page which not only give you the definition of the idiom but also an example sentence.

The book also explains idioms and how they develop in language, as well as giving an
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Joyce
Feb 07, 2016 Joyce rated it liked it

I think I would have liked the book better if there had been some instruction of what idioms are in the beginning of the book. Instead, explanation comes at the end of the book and the first page is a picture of a goose driving a car over a bumpy hillside. The word goose bumps is spelled out on the page, and also the word bump is written on each bump on the hillside. On the bottom right side of the page (and upside down), an explanation is printed in very small print. It just seems like there sh
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Suz
Sep 27, 2013 Suz rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit, netgalley
Figures of speech can be hard to explain, but it won't be hard for these idioms to make you laugh. Each one is illustrated in a way that shows what it means in a literal sense. The goose driving over very bumpy ground (goosebumps) or a child with an umbrella walking along as cats and hot dogs fall from the sky (raining cats and dogs) are just two examples of what someone might imagine the idioms mean. To help readers understand what the idioms really mean, there is an explanation in the lower ...more
AJ Fairchild
Jan 06, 2014 AJ Fairchild rated it liked it
Shelves: egalley
I received this book via VanitaBooks and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Birds of a Feather is a book of idioms and drawings depicting the meaning behind the idiom. This book would be great for both children and people who may be learning the English language. The drawings overall are well done, and I found most everything appealing. The idiom itself is noticeable on the page, but in the bottom corners, upside down you will find an explanation and example sentence explaining in furth
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Buffyanna
Mar 24, 2016 Buffyanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Birds of a Feather is another beautifully written and illustrated children's book by Oelschlager and Hegan. Common English idioms are humourously depicted and simple explanations are offered in small upside down print. This was a great opportunity to explore the nature of idioms with my small children. As a multilingual family we were able to expand the repertoire to include idioms in other languages and reflect on how silly idioms can sound when translated literally into another language. It is ...more
Kathrine
Mar 18, 2016 Kathrine rated it really liked it
Birds Of A Feather by Vanita Oelschager is a humorous book about some of the most common idioms in the English language. The charming illustrations by Robin Hegan will catch young readers' attention. They will laugh at the illustration for " hogwash" with the pigs standing in line for the shower with towels and scrub brushes. The author's explanation of the actual meaning of the idiom is clear and will be easily understood by young readers. She also includes a sentence using the idiom in ...more
Melanie
May 28, 2013 Melanie rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Ever hear the little idioms people say and wonder how they came to be? You know, the cute little things line "ants in your pants" or "like two peas in a pod"? Well, this is a kid's book so it doesn't really get into all that detail but it does provide a cute look at the idioms and what they really mean.

The pictures shown for each one depict little animals in different scenarios that fit the literal meaning of each. Then if you look closer at the bottom, upside down, you'll see some tiny writing
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Earicka
Sep 07, 2014 Earicka rated it it was amazing
Idioms For All!

This is a great book to begin explaining the hidden meanings of idioms in the English language to kids in a way that is both enjoyable and informative. I would suggest reading it with or to children as that would be the most fun! The explanations are written upside down on the bottom of the page but the gorgeous illustrations make the meaning of most of the idioms in this book quite clear. It was a really fun and educational read and I will definitely be sharing this book with my
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Melissa
Dec 13, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
Idioms are always hard for children and learners of English to understand, and Vanita Oelschlager does a wonderful job with her books - illustrating the phrase literally, and then explaining what the true meaning is. I wish the true meanings were not presented upside-down in small print, however, as that information is key to the book! Also, she presented the historical explanation of how one idiom came about (dogs barking up the wrong tree originated with hunting dogs treeing raccoons) and I ...more
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Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother,grandmother, former teacher, current caregiver and, for almost ten years, author and poet.

She was born and raised near Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she currently serves as a Trustee.

She has also supported and helped Jim as he built Oak Associates, ltd. into a successful investment management firm.

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