A Bat Cannot Bat, a Stair Cannot Stare: More About Homonyms and Homophones

illus. by Martin Goneau. 32p. (Words Are CATegorical). notes. Millbrook. Oct. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9780761390329. LC 2013030878.
Gr 2–4—Beginning with homonyms, or words that are spelled and sound the same but have different meanings, Cleary gives many humorous examples. These are followed by homophones, words that sound alike but their spellings and meanings are different. Each rhythmic, zany verse is supported by Goneau's colorful and comical illustrations. The final pages include charts showing more homonyms and homophones with their meanings. As the book claims, "the fun doesn't lessen as you laugh through each lesson." Students will not only be repeating these silly verses but will be writing their own as well.—Paula Huddy, The Blake School-Highcroft Campus, Wayzata, MN
Colorful cats grin in silly scenes to illustrate homonyms and homophones. Jaunty verse demonstrates how the same word can have different meanings in different contexts (homonyms) and how words sounding the same can have different spellings and meanings (homophones). Word pairs are highlighted in color for clarity. The cartooned antics have a hyperactive quality, but the rhyming storybook form makes the language lesson enjoyable.

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