The World Is Your Oyster

Emma SanCartier’s watercolors are what makes Tamara James’ book come alive, but it also provides a good platform for teaching figurative language. The entire story is written using everyday expressions like “raining cats and dogs,” “fish out of water,” and “take the bull by the horns,” which has led to puzzled comments from my toddler such as, “She shouldn’t take his goat. That’s not right. She should give it back,” and “Why won’t the cat let go of his tongue?” For a two year old, this is pretty perplexing stuff, but placed in context, the story about having a bad day and getting over it does seem to be something James can understand. And he loves that the little boy gets the pearl at the end. Giggle factor: if you know the expressions. Adult enjoyment: you’ll appreciate how clever this book is far more than your child. Illustrations: four jelly jars.

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~ by kaychubbuck on May 29, 2010.

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