“Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries: A Book of Food Idioms and Silly Pictures” by Vanita Oelschlager (author) and Robin Hegan (illustrator) is a delightfully entertaining look at English idioms. Each two-page spread is one color drawing that depicts a different idiom. Idioms include “flat as a pancake”, “big cheese”, “couch potato”, “cry over spilt milk”, “food for thought”, “sweet tooth”, “life is a bowl full of cherries”, “packed in like sardines”, “the whole enchilada”, “one bad apple”, “you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar”, “your goose is cooked”, “pie-in-the-sky”, “cold turkey”, “eat your words” and “like two peas in a pod”. It presents as a children’s picture book (which makes it ideal for use in a group setting) but also includes a definition and sample sentence in tiny upside-down print in the lower left corner. The colors are bright and cheerful. There are word bubbles that add both to a fun presentation and as an enhancement to understanding the term. For example, on the page for “packed in like sardines” several of the sardines pictured in the can have comments of their own: phew – get a breath mint!, get your fins off of me!, someone is on my tail!, you smell like dead fish!, and ouch! My favorite picture is the “couch potato” which shows a huge potato (of course) not just sprawled across an entire couch but also growing into it. You definitely get the picture! I can see this book being successfully used as an introduction to a lesson in idioms up to third grade level and even as a jumping off point for art students of all ages.
Oelschlager, Vanita, and Robin Hegan. Life Is a Bowl Full of Cherries: A Book of Food Idioms and Silly Pictures. Akron, Ohio: VanitaBooks, LLC, 2011. Print.
Disclosure: This book was given to me by Vanita Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.