Break a Leg!

(And Other Odd Things We Say)

From the Set Sayings and Phrases

Thanks to whimsical illustrations and everyday examples, kids can finally discover the true meanings behind such odd idioms as 'Break a leg!'

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  • Break a leg
  • Chew the fat
  • Come to a head
  • Down to the wire
  • Easy as pie
  • Fly-by-night
  • Get into the swing of things
  • Graveyard shift
  • Heart of gold
  • Hit the hay
  • In a nutshell
  • Keep a straight face
  • Knock on wood
  • Like a bump on a log
  • On pins and needles
  • Out of the frying pan and into the fire
  • Pass the buck
  • Play it by ear
  • Pull your leg
  • The real McCoy
  • Sick as a dog
  • Spitting image
  • Sweet tooth
  • Throw in the towel
  • Two cents' worth
  • When in Rome
  • You can lead a horse to water
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Dewey 428.1
ATOS Reading Level 3.2
Guided Reading Level M
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Format Hosted ebook
ISBN 9781614738749
Copyright 2013
Number of Pages 24
Dimensions 9.5 x 8
Graphics Full-color illustrations

A noteworthy review of Sayings and Phrases from School Library Journal on November 1, 2009

These books define between 26 and 32 commonly used idioms and provide examples of the phrases in context. The meaning of each idiom is given, but not its history or origin. The layouts are clear, the illustrations are colorful, and the writing is crisp. Zany imagery suggested by phrases like ‘walking on eggshells’ and ‘a frog in my throat’ are depicted in large, cartoon drawings reminiscent of Shoebox greeting cards. Each saying appears in large colored font with its meaning printed below it in a smaller, matching colored type. Children will relate to the situations provided in the examples. Tables of contents list the idioms alphabetically; no index is provided. This lighthearted and witty approach to the English language will appeal to general readers.

Author: Cynthia Klingel

Cindy Klingel has been writing for The Child's World for more than 15 years. She also writes under the name C. Ann Fitterer. Most recently, Cindy has co-written more than 70 Child's World books with Bob Noyed. Cindy and Bob have written books in the Wonder Books Phonics Readers series, the Wonder Books Nonfiction series and the Spirit of America Our Presidents series. They also helped to develop The Spirit of America publishing program, which began in fall 2001. Cindy also helped to develop the Wonder Books publishing program. Cindy was born in Mankato, Minnesota. She lived for a short time in Minneapolis, where she worked in publishing. The rest of the time, she has lived in Mankato, which she believes is a great place to grow up! As a child, Cindy loved reading, writing and playing with friends. She enjoyed playing sports, especially softball and football! She also loved to dance. She was a dance student and then teacher for 17 years! In third grade, Cindy won an award in a national publishing contest sponsored by a large publishing company. It was then that she decided she would be an author when she grew up. In college, Cindy studied English and elementary education. Although she was interested in many things, she loved working with students. So she graduated with degrees in teaching. Cindy has been a public school educator for almost 20 years. She has worked for a Minnesota school district as a high school English teacher, an elementary teacher and is currently a curriculum director. She loves children's literature and makes regular visits to the children's section in bookstores and libraries. Cindy lives in Minnesota with her two daughters. When she is not working or busy being a mom, she can be found digging in one of her gardens, spending time with her many friends or with her nose in a good book.

Illustrator: Mernie Gallagher-Cole

Mernie Gallagher-Cole is a children's book illustrator living in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She loves drawing every day. Her illustrations can also be found on greeting cards, puzzles, e-books, and educational apps.