#152 – Out of the Blue by Vanita Oelschlager

 5 Stars

Out of the Blue—Something that
happens suddenly and without any
warning, totally unexpectedly.

..It was a beautiful day when a
.........................storm came up out of the blue.
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Out of the Blue helps young children understand the concept of idioms.  Idioms are words that have one obvious meaning, but can also describe something much different.  The actual word will usually not help one figure out the meaning.  The author uses idioms associated with colors, a basic concept kids understand.

For example, the first color used in the book is green.  Green can also describe envy.

..............If you feel jealous of what someone
...............else has, you are green with envy.
 
...............When Billy sees my new skateboard,
...................he will be green with envy.
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There are fifteen examples related to colors.  After learning the concept, kids will probably come up with their own version of idioms.  Some colors can have two different idioms, making things even more confusing to figure out what someone is trying to say.

Using the same color, green, a second idiom describes someone feeling ill.

...........If you feel that you might get sick to your
............stomach, you are green around the gills.

.............Riding in a boat in bumpy water, makes
..................me feel green around the gills.
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This is a nice book.  I like the idea of using just colors as examples.  Colors are something kids understand without much heavy thought.  This leaves lots of energy for concentrating on the hidden meanings of each color.

The illustrations are great!  Illustrating each idiom word or phrase will help kids remember what they have learned.  Whenever learning involves more than one sense, the lesson becomes easier to learn and remember.

The author and illustrator have worked together to make a wonderful book explaining idioms.  There is an expanded definition of idioms on the last page for the more  curious.  I think Out of the Blue is a book teachers, (primary, elementary, and home schooling), will find invaluable.  Parents, who want to give their children a head start learning words, will also like this book.

Thanks for reading this review.  I am tickled pink to have read and reviewed Out of the Blue.  This kind of gem, is written only once in a blue moon, and unfortunately, I am green with envy, wishing I were the author.

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Vanita Books donates all net profits to The Oak Clinic for Multiple Sclerosis and other charities where “people help people help themselves.”

Out of the Blue

A book of color idioms and silly pictures
Author:  Vanita Oelschlager   website  facebook
Illustrator:  Robin Hegan   website
Publisher: Vanita Books   website
Release Date:  May 1, 2012
ISBN:  978-0-9832904-2-1
Number of Pages:  40
Ages:  4+
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