An Ambush of Tigers

An Ambush of Tigers : A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns

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Have you ever heard of a prickle of porcupines? Or a tower of giraffes? What about a parcel of penguins? This fun-filled romp through the animal kingdom introduces collective nouns for animals through wordplay. Clever rhymes and humorous illustrations bring these collective nouns to life in funny ways, making it easy to remember which terms and animals go together. A glossary in the back matter offers further explanation of words used as collective nouns, such as sleuth meaning "detective."
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 108 x 178 x 7.37mm | 390.09g
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • 146771464X
  • 9781467714648
  • 275,554

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"Collective nouns for animals range from the humdrum and vaguely familiar ('a pack of wolves' and 'a string of ponies') to the colorful, off-the-wall, and hard-to-believe-someone's-not-just-making-these-things-up ('a bouquet of pheasants, ' 'a mischief of rats, ' and 'an intrusion of roaches'). In this inventive picture book, 33 animal-themed collective nouns become springboards for the writer's imagination and the illustrator's creativity. Each double-page spread carries one or two rhyming verses posing questions related to certain collective nouns, such as, 'When a murder of crows / leaves barely a trace, / is a sleuth of bears / hot on the case?' Rosenthal's logical pairings and absurd hypothetical situations are well matched by the dynamic digital illustrations. Jago uses structure, color, and repeated forms well, creating pictures that reward close attention with amusing details. An appended glossary brings all the collective nouns together, defines them, and asks kids to guess why each is well suited to the corresponding animal. A lively picture book with plenty of classroom potential."―Booklist

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