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Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms: More Than 600 Phrases, Sayings & Expressions [Paperback]

Marvin Terban
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March 1996 0590275526 978-0590275521
An introduction to American slang and phrase origins identifies and defines more than six hundred commonly used idioms, complementing the entries with kid-friendly sample sentences and entertaining illustrations.
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Humor and illustrations add spice to over 600 definitions and origins of common idiomatic phrases. Not to let the cat out of the bag, but this one's it's a barrel of monkeys. Ages 8-up.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 4^-7. Terban explains the meanings and origins (if known) of more than 600 idioms and proverbs in this intriguing book. Although no sources are provided, Terban has obviously done a great deal of research. In some cases, such as "open a can of worms," he discusses the meaning of an idiom without really explaining its origin and bizarre originality. In others, like "face the music," he provides more than one possible explanation. Each page includes one lightly comical line drawing of a child expressing feelings such as quizzical, annoyed, amused, or distressed. Not only is this a good resource for teachers who discuss idioms in the classroom but it also has some appeal for browsers, though readers who come looking for the logic behind the English language may leave thinking it "curiouser and curiouser." Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I LUV THIS BOOK!!!! Jan. 25 2002
Format:Paperback
Back in around 97 or 98, I was crazy about these two guys in a movie and started setting up funny situations in a roleplay where one guy would use idioms and the other would take them all literally. I was sooo happy to find this book to use as an idiom reference!!! I tried a couple of other idiom books, but this one is by far the best! ^_^ So warm and friendly, and I luv the cartoon kids who host the thing :) I am totally hooked on this book! ^_^ Buy it, BUY IT!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece! April 5 2000
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Finally, a book that explains idioms in a way my son can understand-clearly and unambiguously. Because he has an autistic spectrum disorder, he tends to be very literal. He has read this book from cover to cover and is starting to incorporate idioms, usually correctly, into conversation. In addition, the author presents the history (if known) of each idiom, something children(mine) who enjoy factoids love.
This book should be required reading for speech therapists, teachers, the language-delayed, and those learning English as a second language.
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My husband and I often unconsciously speak in idioms to our kids. Now, when we say things like "don't burn your bridges"; "I'm tickled pink"; or "snug as a bug in a rug", and the kids can find out what we are talking about!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece! April 5 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Finally, a book that explains idioms in a way my son can understand-clearly and unambiguously. Because he has an autistic spectrum disorder, he tends to be very literal. He has read this book from cover to cover and is starting to incorporate idioms, usually correctly, into conversation. In addition, the author presents the history (if known) of each idiom, something children(mine) who enjoy factoids love.
This book should be required reading for speech therapists, teachers, the language-delayed, and those learning English as a second language.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book to aid kids understand grown-up talk! Jan. 7 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
My husband and I often unconsciously speak in idioms to our kids. Now, when we say things like "don't burn your bridges"; "I'm tickled pink"; or "snug as a bug in a rug", and the kids can find out what we are talking about!
26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LUV THIS BOOK!!!! Jan. 25 2002
By Daisy Hunt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Back in around 97 or 98, I was crazy about these two guys in a movie and started setting up funny situations in a roleplay where one guy would use idioms and the other would take them all literally. I was sooo happy to find this book to use as an idiom reference!!! I tried a couple of other idiom books, but this one is by far the best! ^_^ So warm and friendly, and I luv the cartoon kids who host the thing :) I am totally hooked on this book! ^_^ Buy it, BUY IT!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Jan. 3 2007
By Annie M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book lists many idioms (Alphabeticlally), and provides examples for their use as well as their origin when available. Descriptions are brief and to the point and are accompanied by cute illustrations to break the monotony. I work with children and found that those from grade 2 and on enjoy leafing through the book to find an 'interesting idiom' to quiz their friends about, or to look for a specific idiom's meaning. I utilize it in games and 'trivia' and the children find it delightful. I highy recommend it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy and Wild Sept. 19 2006
By A. J. Baltes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book's not your average Joe. It contains so many idioms it will make your head spin. That's a plus and a minus. It doesn't go into a ton of detail. But it fills the bill if you are teaching a class with it.
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