Friday, July 24, 2020

Did You Hear That? by Alfred M. Struthers

Genre: Children, beginning chapter book
Source: Purchased

A wonderful book. Four hens overhear a conversation between the farmer and the farmer's son. They hear the farmer say they need to take the bull by the horns. They try to warn the bulls only to learn that "take the bull by the horns" is an expression. The hens hear many expressions they don't understand. The other animals laugh at them. However, the hens know an expression the rest of the farm animals don't.  

I loved this book. It took me back a few years when I was teaching students who were learning English. I looked out the classroom window one day and said, "Wow, it's raining cats and dogs out there." One of my Vietnamese girls jumped up, looked out the window, and said, "I no see no cats or dogs." That was the beginning of my lesson on idioms.  This is a great way to start younger students learning about common idioms. 

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