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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