Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries
Written by Vanita Oelschlager
Illustrated by Robin Hegan
Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries show 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 (“Couch potato!”), sound silly (“Eat your words”) or trigger images that tickle a child’s sense of the absurd (“Pie in the sky”).
Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries uses outlandish illustrations of what the words describe literally. The reader then has to guess the “real” meaning of the phrases (which is upside down in the corner of each spread). At the end of the book, the reader is invited to learn more about these figures of speech.
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Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries is a very cute and charming book of poetic idioms. I read this out loud to my sister and four-month-old niece. Although my niece was far too young to grasp the concepts of it, her eyes were glued to the funny and vivid illustrations. I even learned a few idioms I never knew about. Flipping the book over or looking upside down there was a little explanation of the idiom and contained an example sentence. I thought it was a really nice touch.
It was a sweet, funny and informative book for children who love to constantly ask questions. The length is perfect to read to a child before bed. One of the final pages of the book explains what an idiom is also. I would not mind having a copy of this in hardcover.