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Aunt Ant Leaves through the Leaves by Nancy Coffelt
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Apr 13, 12

bookshelves: children-s-literature, fiction, humor, folktale, picture-book
Read in April, 2012

Grades 2-4

Coffelt uses a slightly offbeat retelling of The Little Red Hen as a vehicle to help children understand homophones and homonyms better. Monkey is trying to get a load of bananas home so that he can make banana pies, and all of the animals have some reason that they can't help him with the work, but, true to form, they all show up wanting to help eat the pie. The extent to which Coffelt crams in examples of homonyms or homophones (all bolded to stand out) is admirable. If the abundance of homonyms make the story a little clunky, oh well... they definitely get the point across. And her note at the end, which differentiates between homophones and homonyms, is thorough and engaging. A useful story for many elementary classrooms, it's rounded out with bright and energetic illustrations done in oil pastels.
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