Go Fly a Kite!

(And Other Sayings We Don't Really Mean)

From the Set Sayings and Phrases

Thanks to whimsical illustrations and everyday examples, kids can finally uncover the true meanings behind such odd idioms as 'Oh, go fly a kite.'

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  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away
  • An ax to grind
  • Back to square one
  • Beat around the bush
  • Beggars can't be choosers
  • Behind the scenes
  • Below the belt
  • Bite the bullet
  • Bolt from the blue
  • Burning the midnight oil
  • Bury the hatchet
  • Catch-22
  • Caught red-handed
  • A chip on your shoulder
  • Dead as a doornail
  • Down the hatch
  • Easy as falling off a log
  • Face the music
  • A flash in the pan
  • Full of beans
  • Go fly a kite
  • Have your cake and eat it too
  • Ignorance is bliss
  • Keep a stiff upper lip
  • Make ends meet
  • Miss the boat
  • On cloud nine
  • Out of the blue
  • Pit stop
  • Pull your hair out
  • Read the riot act
  • A shot in the dark
  • Spill the beans
  • Through the grapevine
  • Turn the tables
  • A wet blanket
  • X marks the spot
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Dewey 428
ATOS Reading Level 3.2
Guided Reading Level M
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Format Reinforced book, Hosted ebook
ISBN 9781592969043, 9781614737773
Copyright 2008, 2013
Number of Pages 24, 24
Dimensions 9.5 x 8, 9.5 x 8
Graphics Full-color illustrations

A noteworthy review of Sayings and Phrases from School Library Journal on April 1, 2008

Each volume features more than 30 commonly used but curious-sounding phrases. Following an introductory definition of the term ‘idiom,’ watercolor cartoons of googly-eyed children suggest the most apparent meaning of each phrase. Coupled with each picture is a short narrative that illustrates the phrase’s true meaning in context. The idiom’s meaning is then stated plainly in enlarged colorful type. While these books will not provide historical insight to those curious about the origins of English idioms, ESL students will find them useful in understanding a wide variety of the language’s colloquialisms. While ‘ants in your pants,’ ‘let your hair down,’ and most other phrases are likely to be encountered in everyday conversation, some phrases may strike even fluent English speakers as obscure (e.g., ‘loaded for bear,’ ‘sitting in a catbird seat’). In spite of the subtitle, not all of the phrases in You Let the Cat Out of the Bag! are animal related. Each title includes a table of contents that lists the idioms within. Slightly more informative than Catherine Snodgrass’s Super Silly Sayings That Are over Your Head (Starfish, 2004) and Laura Hambleton and Sedat Turhan’s Monkey Business: Fun with Idioms (Milet, 2007), these accessible titles will be useful in most collections.

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.