I still have a memory of a time in first grade (a looooong time ago) when our class was learning about analogies. I just didnít get it. Try as she might, our teacher couldnít get the concept through my thick head. I even had to stay after school so she could give me some extra one-on-one time. Fortunately, I did finally grasp the concept and move on to bigger and better things. But gosh, I sure wish I had Sylvan Dellís new book, Animalogy to help me through that time.
Animalogy, like all of the Sylvan Dell books Iíve read, are eye-candy for both young and old. The illustrations are absolutely stunning. But that is just a tiny part of these books, which take teaching very seriously. From math concepts to conservation of endangered species, these books teach children important lessons while holding their attention with bright, colorful illustrations and cheerful stories. Animalogy doesnít disappoint and so, in a whimsical, sing-songy rhyming way, introduces the concept of analogies to early readers.
Bat is to flit,
As eagle is to soar.
Dog is to bark,
as lion is to roar.
In the back of the book, ďFor Creative MindsĒ takes the idea of analogies further. There are six pages of explanations as well as projects such as picking which words best described a pictured animalís action, and matching a type of skin (fur, scales, feathers, etc.) to the various pictures. There are also more (free!) activities online at the publisherís website.
Quill says: If you want to introduce your child or classroom to the concept of analogies, youíll want this book to help you along.