"I can 'butter him up' at the 'drop of a hat.' It's a 'blessing in disguise.' And I really like when Daddy 'sees the world through my eyes.' When Daddy talks, I listen. He might say something new. But please don't ask me what he means 'cause I 'haven't got a clue!'" - My Daddy Likes to Say by Denise Brennan-Nelson
Father's Day is "just around the corner" and the kids are "gearing up" to "have a ball" with their daddy. Daddy may think he is "the big cheese" around here but my daughter pretty much has him "wrapped around her little finger" and my son is certainly "a chip off the old block" and likes "the limelight" as well. "Get the picture?" Dad's day probably won't be just about Dad but hopefully he'll be "pleased as punch" at our efforts to make him feel special. Yes, we plan to "pull out all the stops" and "roll out the red carpet" as well. Lucky for him, we'll keep the idioms and figures of speech to a minimum.
The children's book My Daddy Likes to Say is a fun take on familiar idioms a dad might say to his children. Using poetry and side notes, author Denise Brennan-Nelson explains phrases like "fly by the seat of your pants" and "were you born in a barn?" The silly illustrations by Jane Monroe Donovan help show literal representations of the expressions. Each page spread features an idiom, a poem pertaining the idiom, factual information and an accompanying illustration. The book is the fourth in the "Likes to Say" idiom series: My Momma Likes to Say, My Teacher Likes to Say, and My Grandma Likes to Say.
My preschool aged daughter is too young to completely understand idioms, but she does enjoy looking at the humorous pictures in the book. She also likes the short, rhyming poems that go along with each of the idioms featured in the book. Elementary school aged children will enjoy reading about the origins and meanings behind the phrases. Just like the other books in the award-winning series, this book would make an excellent teaching tool for homeschoolers and teachers interested in presenting a lesson on idioms.
My Daddy Like to Say by Denise Brennan-Nelson, illustrated by Jane Monroe Donovan. Sleeping Bear Press (April 2009); 32 pages; ISBN 9781585364329
Related links, idiom activities & lessons plans:
Denise Brennan-Nelson - Author Website
"Likes to Say" Idiom Series Teacher's Guide
TheFreeDictionary Idiom Search
UsingEnglish.com Dictionary of English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
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