Yaks Yak: Animal Word Pairs

by Linda Sue Park and Jennifer Black Reinhardt

Homographs—words spelled and pronounced the same but with different meanings—are... read more

Homographs—words spelled and pronounced the same but with different meanings—are the subject of a playful picture book that pairs a variety of animals with their identically named actions. Chatty yaks yak. An annoying bug bugs his companions. Frightened quails quail in fear. Curious cranes crane their necks. Greedy hogs hog all the apples. Each page spread features a single homograph pair and a whimsical scene in which one or more of the anthropomorphized animals are engaged in the act their name also represents. A definition for the action is provided on the page spread while a chart in the back lists all of the words (both animal and action) and their etymology. (In many cases, the action word comes from the animal’s behavior.) What is the homograph pair for young humans? “Kids kid” of course! (Ages 5–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2017

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