Wednesday, October 1, 2014

REVIEW: Life Is a Bowl Full of Cherries

Life Is a Bowl Full of Cherries
Vanita Oelschlager
Robin Hegan, Illustrator

Genre: Children's Books
Publisher: Vanita Books
Publication date: 5.1.2011
Pages: 20

Recommended by: NetGalley, Read 2 Review
Date read: 7.8.2014

Summary: Life Is a Bowl Full of Cherries shows children the magic of idioms - words that separately have one meaning, but together take on something entirely different.
            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!

I have really enjoyed Vanita Oelschlager's books.  The first one that I read was her first idiom book, Birds of a Feather.  It was a lot of fun and had some great artistry.  I love idioms and find them so much fun to use with children, so when I saw that this one was available as well - a book on food idioms -  I grabbed it up.  To make the book even better, Robin Hegan has added in some cute and funny illustrations to go with each one.

The kids laughed and laughed at this one and had a lot of fun trying to figure out what was really meant by them.  They also took time to try to draw their own pictures for some of the other idioms we discussed.

A great teaching aid for young children.

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