|From A Zeal of Zebras|
And you know how, once you notice something, it seems to be everywhere? All of a sudden, I noticed books about collective nouns everywhere.
|A flock of sheep from A Tower of Giraffes|
An Ambush of Tigers: A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns takes a completely different approach. My wordplay-loving 7-year-old loved this rhyming book, which asks questions like "Would a labor of moles wear polka-dot ties when it goes to work for a business of flies?" and "When a murder of crows leaves barely a trace, is a sleuth of bears hot on the case?" In a nice touch, it has a glossary which gives the alternate (more common) meaning for each word used to name an animal group. Fun and funny, this is a more accessible introduction to collective nouns than a mere list. But it lacks information about the animals and animal communities themselves, which is why these books work so well together.
|A sleuth of bears|
What is your favorite collective noun?