A Tale Told in Homonyms
- Owlkids Books Inc.
- Initial publish date
- Apr 2023
- Words, Imagination & Play, Sounds, Boats, Ships & Underwater Craft
- Publish Date
- Apr 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 6
- Grade: 1 to 12
A playful tale about homonyms and the power of perspective
Told through the repetition of two sounds, this delightful pirate adventure is also a clever lesson on homonyms: words that sound the same, or are spelled the same, but have different meanings.
A swashbuckling tabby and their crabby first mate are enjoying a day on the water when—“Eye! Sea!”—a wave crashes against their ship and something gets in the captain’s eye. The two companions visit the optometrist, where the cat reads out the letters I and C during an eye test. The eye doctor explains, “Eye. See?” and teaches the pirate how to put on an eyepatch. By the end of the book, readers will shout “I see!” as it’s revealed that the whole story was part of a child’s bathtub playtime.
This charming ode to language and imagination is illustrated in Ashley Barron’s iconic cut-paper collage artwork. Read aloud, it will spark conversation and exclamation as young kids discover the whimsy of word play.
About the authors
Suzanne Sutherland is an author and editor of books for young people who is passionate about inclusive and engaging storytelling. Her debut novel, When We Were Good, was selected for ALA’s Rainbow list and Under the Dusty Moon was a Toronto Public Library Top Ten Recommended Read for Teens. Suzanne lives in Toronto.
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Ashley Barron moved to Toronto upon graduating from OCAD’s illustration program in 2007. She lives and works as an illustrator from her studio near Kensington market. She uses paper collage to illustrate just about everything for magazines, advertising, and animation. Over the past two years, Ashley illustrated the four Math in Nature books for Owlkids. She is an avid gardener and lover of flora and fauna, the details of which can be found in her art.
"Clever ... Lends itself to reading aloud in a broad, expressive way and could serve as a first introduction to a feature of language."