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An Ambush of Tigers

ambush of tigersAn Ambush of Tigers: A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns
by Betsy Rosenthal; illus. by Jago
32 pages; ages 5-8
Millbrook Press, 2015

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
floating by?”

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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Author: Sue Heavenrich

I write about science and environmental issues for children and their families.

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