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Out of the Blue: A Book of Color Idioms and Silly Pictures

Posted Aug 25 2012 10:08pm

Out of the Blue: A book of color idioms and silly pictures
written by Vanita Oelschlager
illustrated by Robin Hegan

About the Book:
Out of the Blue shows children the magic of idioms – words that separately have one meaning, but together take on something entirely different. Children are curious about words, especially phrases that make them laugh (“Tickled Pink”), sound silly (“Shrinking Violet”) or trigger images that tickle a child’s sense of the absurd (“A Red Letter Day”). Out of the Blue uses outlandish illustrations of what the words describe literally. The reader then has to guess the “real” meaning of the phrases (which are upside down in the corners of each spread). At the end of the book, the reader is invited to learn more about these figures of speech.

My Thoughts:
This is a fun book with delightful illustrations that would likely be ideal for most typical children who are learning how language works. Because my son has autism, I am always interested in books that explain social conventions, especially those related to conversation.

Unfortunately for us, the fact that each illustration gives a picture of what the actual words in the idiom represent only served to reinforce the literal meaning for my son. This only made it harder for him to process the explanation of how the phrases are commonly used to mean something else entirely. Because of this, I cannot give a blanket recommendation but would instead suggest that you take a look at it to see it it would appeal to your child.

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