Yaks Yak: Animal Word Pairs by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt

Published by Clarion Books

 

Summary: Yaks yak, dogs dog dogs, crows crow. Each two-page spread has an animal whose name is also a verb; the illustration depicts the animal demonstrating the action and includes a definition of the verb.  The final two pages list all the words, with a history of both the animal name and the action word; at the top of the list is a definition of homographs, words that are spelled and pronounced the same but have different meanings.  40 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  Word lovers will have lots of fun with this book and will enjoy thinking of more homographs when they’re finished.  The illustrations are adorable with plenty of humor.

Cons:  I struggled to think of even one other animal homograph…bears bear bears?

 

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