Cat Tale by Michael Hall

CatTale

Cat Tale. by Michael Hall. All ages. Greenwillow Books. August 2012. 40 pages. ISBN: 978-0061915161 $16.99

The Short:  This is a beautiful book about three cats effectively demonstrating how bizarre the English language can be.  The illustrations are carefully done and they made me slow down and take a long look at each page.  It’s a great book and I enjoyed reading it to my son.  We recommend it!

The Long:  Oh, homophones!  I could go on and on about how weird the English language can be.  Sometimes when I correct my son’s mistakes I find myself getting frustrated because he’s right, logically speaking, but wrong according to the laws of our bizarre language.  There’s not a lot I can do about English’s idiosyncrasies, but I can prepare my son.   This is a great book and a great way to help him navigate our native tongue.

Three cats are playing and find themselves in a word jumble.

They flee a steer.  They steer a plane.  They plane a board.  They board a train. They train a duck to duck a shoe.

The book goes on like this.  The illustrations are simple but effective in demonstrating the wildly different uses of some common words.

This is a great book for young children, older children, and even teens and adults learning English as a second (or third or fourth) language.

There is nothing I feel compelled to edit for my two-year-old son.  It’s a great book and appropriate for all audiences.

Where Obtained:  Public Library

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Book Trailer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5hHRP7Te4w

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