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What Did You Say? What Do You Mean?: An Illustrated Guide to Understanding Metaphors ISBN: 9781843102076
Telford, Jane and Welton, Jude
Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2004
Most useful for children with high functioning autism, this book will be fun for almost any child wanting to know about metaphors. It's a funny old language, English, and almost anyone can 'come a cropper' from not knowing the ins and outs of the use of idiomatic language. This book has explanations of 100 different metaphors, laid out in alphabetical order, and with wonderfully witty black and white illustrations. Each entry has the metaphor in a sentence, an explanation of why the metaphor has come to be used (if this is known) and a further example of its use to clarify completely. From 'the apple of his eye' to 'on top of the world' we learn all sorts of weird and wonderful ways of saying things. I particularly liked 'the straw that broke the camel's back'. The pictures as seen by the non-understanding child are wonderfully funny and very logical. There are pages at the back of the book for the child to add his or her own metaphors, and there are two appendices for parents and teachers working with children with autism. An excellent resource for school and home. Available from Amazon or from the publisher at
Age: 8+