I love that when you’ve got a bunch of crows hanging about, they’re called a “murder”. And a bunch of cattle is a herd. But what if you’ve got lions? Tigers? Bears?
Betsy Rosenthal takes us on a field trip into the wilds of “collective nouns” – the names by which you call groups of things. And she does it delightfully in rhyme that is matched with Jago’s imaginative illustrations.
“Does a tower of giraffes
way up high
spy a raft of otters
We leap with leopards, shiver with sharks, and meet a “sleuth of bears hot on a case”. But what would you call it when all of these animals are invited to a party?
What I love is the back matter: a glossary that defines each word and allows room for imagination. Why would a group of porcupines be called a “prickle”? A bunch of giraffes a “tower”?
Head over to Archimedes Notebook to learn more about collective nouns for animals, people, and things.
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