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A quick summary of Literal Lily by Kate Hanscom. Literal Lily follows a little girl named Lily and her mom as they venture out for a day of back to school shopping for her very first day of school. Early on in the book, Lily is easily confused when she hears commonly-used sayings in various situations...and interprets them literally. Hanscom creates humorous, real life situations throughout the book where both Lily and readers will learn the meaning of the word “literal” and the definition of an idiom while laughing along at Lily’s encounters!
Literal Lily is a well written, teaching tool. I LOVE children's books that teach something new in such a fun way that kids never realize that they are learning. Hanscom delivers a well written story that flows easily and holds the reader's interest--and leaves the reader with an understanding of a somewhat difficult literary concept.
Would I recommend Literal Lily? I loved this book--and I think it's a great introduction to the concept of idioms for little ones too young for a book series like Amelia Bedelia. I think it's a perfect book for older preschoolers and younger elementary aged children. I would certainly use it as a teaching tool and love the fact that it is both educational and fun. My fifth grader was obviously too old for the story--but, my younger daughter enjoyed it--and learned the word "idiom" in an easy to understand way.
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Kate Hanscom resides in central Massachusetts with her husband and daughter. With the love and support of her family, Kate decided to fulfill her dream of publishing a children’s book. Self described as loving “bright colors, fancy paper, fresh-smelling candles, writing, music, swimming, making lists, flip-flops, a really
good pen, and french vanilla coffee”, Hanscom allows her own personality to shine through Lily in her first children’s book.
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