Fun With Language

Tonight I read G a book from the Amelia Bedilia series, which was a childhood favorite of mine.  Turns out, this is a terrible series for a child that is extremely literal and concrete with language.  In this book, Amelia Bedelia got into a jam and a policeman warned he could throw the book at her.  G was perplexed by this phrase so I explained that the policeman meant he could hold her accountable for all the rules she broke.  G thought about that for a little while and than said, “So if someone in school breaks a lot of rules, I will throw a book at them.”

We discussed this further and I think I got him to understand that it was a figure of speech and that he cannot throw books at anyone.  But I’ll be sending an email to his teacher – just in case.

Published in: on November 3, 2008 at 3:31 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. Evan loved books about idioms and figures of speech once he “figured” them out…the more bizarre the better!

  2. That’s good to know, maybe I’ll keep working at it or just put the books aside for a little while!

  3. This is very cute. 🙂 Sorry, but I can’t wait until you get your first phone call from the school, telling you that G has thrown a book at someone. 🙂

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