Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries
A Book of Food Idioms and Silly Pictures
by Vanita Oelschlager
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Pub Date 01 May 2011 | Archive Date 26 Aug 2014
Children are curious about words, especially phrases that make them laugh ("Couch potato!"), sound silly ("Eat your words") or trigger images that tickle a child's sense of the absurd ("Pie in the sky").
Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries uses outlandish illustrations of what the words describe literally. The reader then has to guess the "real" meaning of the phrases (which is upside down in the corner of each spread). At the end of the book, the reader is invited to learn more about these figures of speech.
Our first book of idioms, Birds of a Feather (2009), dealt with birds, insects or animals. Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries uses food idioms. Both are fun - and instructive!
Subtitled a book of food idioms and silly pictures, this book is a great tool for both classroom and home.
The couch potato is actually planted in the ground and can't get up.
The reader has a chance to explain words that really do not mean what they say. Then he can turn the book upside down and read the explanation.
When the dentist pulls the sweet tooth covered with candy, the reader will wish to be in the picture to satisfy his sweet tooth.
Double-page pictures draw the reader in and will tickle his funny bone (another idiom) with a can of sardines and the black spider catching more flies with honey than with vinegar.
The pie in the sky lets the moon take a vacation.
Robin Hegan's brilliant illustrations will help the reader to "read between the lines" and figure out the hidden meanings.
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