Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Mini Review: The Illustrated Book of Sayings

Title: The Illustrated Book of Sayings: Curious Expressions from Around the World
Author: Ella Frances Sanders
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Genre: Language Arts, Linguistics
Rating: 4/5 "I really liked it!"

I recieved an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Lost in Translation comes this charming illustrated collection of more than fifty expressions from around the globe that explore the nuances of language. From the hilarious and romantic to the philosophical and literal, the idioms, proverbs, and adages in The Illustrated Book of Sayings reveal the remarkable diversity, humor, and poignancy of the world's languages and cultures.
My Thoughts
This book is absolutely wonderful!  Not only are the explanations and descriptions of the sayings very easy to understand, the artwork is both charming and meaningful.  It really encourages the reader to think about what is being said and why.  I believe that is a wonderful way to begin conversations and research into other cultures!  I absolutely loved that the sayings were not arranged by country or by meaning.  This encouraged me to continue reading because I just had to know which saying would pop up next!

For the Classroom
I truly believe that this book would be a wonderful asset to any Language Arts classroom.  It is a wonderful way to show students the reasons behind the strange sayings we use daily.  It would be an especially useful book in a World Literature class as an introduction to culture.  I would love to have a few copies for my classroom!  This book makes learning fun!

Let's chat!
Do you have a favorite saying?  What makes it your favorite? Do you know its origins?

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