Monday, November 17, 2008

Butterflies in My Stomach and Other School Hazards


Butterflies in My Stomach and Other School Hazards by Serge Block. New York: Sterling, 2008.

My Nonfiction Monday book for today is actually filed in the picture book section of our library -- although you might find it in the 400s in yours. It is a book of idioms. (We have smart catalogers -- people will find and enjoy it in the picture book section whereas they might not if it were in the 400s.)

"On my first day of school, my mother said I got up on the wrong side of the bed."
And so it goes. Simple line drawings of people are placed against photographs of real things as this child goes through the day, real butterflies in her stomach/ the principal (the Big Cheese) made out of swiss cheese/ a pile of bananas showing the 'top banana.' etc., etc., etc.

The book ends with a simile: "I was as happy as a puppy with two tails!" Hmmm, does this mean his next book will feature similies? Hmmm. Available now.

This could be read by a second grader, but teachers might bring this into their Middle School writing classes when discussing metaphors, similes, and idioms.

More Nonfiction Monday reviews can be found here.
-wendieO

1 comment:

shelburns said...

I saw this one earlier this year and had our librarian order it for our school. I haven't had a chance to look at it yet because she is still cataloging the book order. Can't wait now!